Gawad Kalinga

VP Binay appointed HUDCC Chairman

by admin on Jul.16, 2010, under Community Building, Volunteer Support

July 16, 2010, 1:17pm

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After rejecting several other posts offered to him, Vice President Jejomar Binay has accepted the position of Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).

In announcing on Thursday his acceptance of the HUDCC chairmanship from President Aquino, Binay said, “After a discussion with the President, I am following his request to take charge of the housing sector as chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).”

“I have always maintained that I am ready to be of assistance to our President Benigno Aquino III, in attaining his vision for our country and our people,” he said in a statement.

“I look forward to implementing the President’s objectives for housing and shelter and working with volunteer organizations like the Gawad Kalinga (GK), with whom I share a common dream of building not just homes but sustainable communities for our people,” he said.

The HUDCC chairmanship was among the four posts earlier offered by Aquino which Binay initially refused after the President declined to give him his preferred appointment as head of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Binay said he didn’t want to be an additional burden to the President after reactions to his DILG preference were “blown out of proportion.”

The Vice President said he stated his preference only as a candid answer to a question from reporters because the DILG post would fit his core competency, having served as Makati City mayor for six terms.

As the new HUDCC chairman, a post vacated by his predecessor, former Vice President Noli de Castro, Binay said among programs he would pursue is “Kalinga sa Bayan” project with Gawad Kalinga (GK) which seeks to provide housing and livelihood to five million families by 2024.

GK founder Tony Meloto and executive director Luis Oquinena met with the Vice President yesterday to present the Kalinga sa Bayan program.

“The meeting was very positive. In fact, he [Binay] wants to champion it… We’re very happy of the outcome,” Oquinena said in a phone interview.

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  • atv guy

    I wish I could write like you as Margaret Laurence once said “When I say “work” I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.”

    Sent from my iPhone 4G

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