• Duterte appoints ex-general as housing czar

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    President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed retired major general Eduardo del Rosario as the new head of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

    Del Rosario replaced Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., who held the post when Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo resigned from the job in December last year.

    Del Rosario served as an undersecretary for civil, veterans and retiree affairs of the Department of National Defense. He was also the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council during the time of former president Benigno Aquino 3rd.

    Meanwhile, Raul Lambino, lawyer of former president and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was appointed as administrator and chief executive officer of the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, a post that comes with Cabinet rank, on July 5.

    The President also designated Moro Islamic Liberation Front vice chairperson Ghadzali Jaafar as the Amirul Hajj for the 2017 Hajj Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the annual Mecca pilgrimage.

    Metodio Turbella was appointed as the new director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Environmental Management Bureau.

    Walter Besas will serve as a deputy executive director of the Dangerous Drugs Board while Eric Distor will be a director of the National Bureau of Investigation.

    New orders

    The President also signed an executive order mandating the immediate inclusion of the Department of
    Transportation (DOTr) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) as members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

    Executive Order (EO) 32, signed on July 12, cited the two departments’ “important roles in providing life systems based on acceptable standards, during or immediately after a disaster.”

    “The DOTr is responsible for the maintenance and expansion of viable, efficient, and dependable transportation systems during rescue and relief operations,” the President said in his order.

    The DICT, he added, “is responsible for the planning, development, and promotion of the country’s information and communications agenda in support of national development, and is indispensable in cascading timely, accurate, and reliable information in times of emergency and disaster.”

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