LUCENA City -- Looking at his performance when he was the provincial governor of Quezon, Eduardo “Eddie” Rodriguez was appointed assistant secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) effective September 15 by no less than President Rodrigo Duterte.
Rodriguez, a former municipal mayor, provincial board member and three-termer Quezon governor, is the current provincial chairman of PDP-Laban.
On Friday, Rodriguez took his oath of office before Quezon Mayors League president Fernando Llamas during the league’s meeting held at Resorts World Hotel in Manila.
The former governor is set to be sworn in by President Duterte before he formally assumes the post.
It was in 1992 when Rodriguez, who was then the chairman of Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) for Region 4, first met then Davao City Mayor Duterte, who at that time was the RPOC chairman for Region 11.
The two leaders then used to consult each other regarding peace and security matters and programs in their respective regions.
A former mayor of Macalelon, Quezon, and provincial board member of the province, Rodriguez was elected governor in 1988 and served until 1998.
It was during his time that the two ‘giant’ coal- fired thermal power plants were established in Pagbilao and Mauban towns aimed at helping the country addressing the prevailing energy crisis.
Within 10 years of his incumbency, Rodriguez managed to transform Quezon’s image from ‘rebel-infested province’ to ‘leading coconut-producing province’.
During the recent campaign period, it was the former governor who, with a few followers, reorganized and led the dormant PDP-Laban in the province despite the lack of resources to help Duterte in his presidential bid.
In his letter to Rodriguez dated September 26, DILG Sec. Ismael Sueno said he is confident that the former’s assumption to office, the DILG team would attain the goals set by President Duterte in restoring the Filipino’s trust in government through genuine, relevant and prompt service, and implementing responsive programs for inclusive growth.