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Duterte: Appointing Human Settlements chief a ‘long shot’ 

/ 09:46 PM February 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said appointing the Secretary of the newly created Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development would be a “long shot.”

Speaking to reporters in Malacañang, Duterte explained that he would consult Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III first before choosing someone to head the new agency.

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“Mabuti na gusto nila ‘yung tao para he can receive a better reception, you know kung kilala nila ang tao (It’s better if they like the person so he can receive a better reception),” Duterte said.

Appointing Cabinet rank officials require the concurrence of the Commission on Appointments, a powerful body composed of lawmakers.

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Under the recently signed law, the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) would be merged into a new department.

The new department would act as the primary national government entity responsible for managing housing, human settlement, and urban development. /ee

READ: Duterte signs into law bill establishing Human Settlements Department

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