QUEZON CITY — Highlighting the importance of professionalism, loyalty and excellence in government service, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario on Monday (April 26) administered oath to more than 100 newly appointed officers and staff members of the housing department.
Secretary Del Rosario sworn to office 104 new employees and officials — the biggest batch the Department had simultaneously employed since its creation in 2019, adding up to the ranks of public servants in the human settlements and urban development sector.
The batch includes two Director III presidential appointees, Richard Ziga and Dunstan San Vicente, 34 staff members in the Central Office and 68 more in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Regions 3, 4A and 11.
In his speech, the housing czar welcomed the new recruits by sharing guides toward becoming an effective public servant.
“Number one is mission accomplishment. For you to accomplish your mission, follow what is stated in your respective tasks and functions. If you do that in the most efficient manner, then you are helping in accomplishing the overall vision of the department and this country in general.”
Secretary Del Rosario challenged all the appointees to ramp up their performance and make a difference to maintain integrity and excellence in public service.
“Always see to it that your loyalty is to the institution and not to a single person. But if your present leaders represent the institution, then, by all means, support the leadership. Strive to make a difference in the housing sector and in the delivery of public service to our clientele. Make a difference by doing your job well,” he continued.
He also emphasized that “professionalism is a must in public service,” stressing that they must always “be part of the solution and never be a part of the problem; otherwise, you will fail in your service and you will not be considered a professional in your own right.”
Secretary Del Rosario also enjoined the officers to bear in mind the three key guiding principles which are vital in the effective rendering of service in the housing sector, regardless on their position in the organization.
“First, we must always consider that shelter is a right of every Filipino family, homeownership is an option, and it is our responsibility to ensure that we help the poorest of the poor, below-income families, to have the capability to have a decent and affordable housing unit… Kahit ano pa ang posisyon mo in the organization,” he said.
“Second, we must not build any substandard housing unit. And the third is that we must remember we are not only building housing units, but we are also building sustainable communities. These three principles must go together and become our objectives in everything that we do,” he added.
Garbed in white, the employees from the Central Office personally stated their commitment to service in the DHSUD Auditorium, while those from the regional offices participated via Zoom video conference
“With this appointment, I wish to bring more success and contribute in helping our countrymen live a better life,” said Director Ziga in his message on behalf of the appointees. — KCM