AFTER President Rodrigo R. Duterte completed the first lap of his six-year presidency, people now want a national consensus on the best practical solution to growing homelessness in the Philippines.
Of course, Filipinos expect the government to come up with a comprehensive national housing program aimed at providing the homeless and low-income families with affordable but decent shelter.
For the benefit of the majority of the people, concerned government authorities ought to respond to the increasing backlog of housing units not only in the metropolis but throughout the country.
Thus, the people cheered when the President named Eduardo del Rosario, a retired army major general, as chairman of the Housing and Urban Development and Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
The new HUDCC chair served for almost 37 years in the military until his compulsory retirement on Nov. 22, 2012.
Del Rosario, who headed the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) during the Aquino government, replaced acting HUDCC chair and Cabinet Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco.
Evasco assumed the top HUDCC post, a Cabinet position, after Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo resigned last December 5.
As the Duterte administration’s new housing czar, Del Rosario, who used to head the military’s Task Force Davao, is mandated to coordinate the activities of key government housing offices and agencies.
Well-meaning Filipinos said the designation of Del Rosasrio as housing czar “demonstrates to all the Chief Executive’s determination to carry out a housing program for the benefit of the poor.”
And it is good for the nation.