MANILA, --For efforts in leading the anti-drugs and criminality drive alongside President Rodrigo Duterte, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno got the nod of the Commission on Appointments as the 16th DILG chief on Tuesday.
Saying 'a special gift on the 26th anniversary of the DILG', Sueno thanked the members of the powerful bicameral body for acknowledging his efforts in anti-drugs and criminality drive and for giving him the opportunity to continue serving the people.
"I am humbled by the CA's confirmation of my appointment, and I assure them, the President and the public that I will not fail them," he said.
Senator Juan Edgardo 'Sonny' M. Angara, Senate Committee Chair on Local Government and Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato endorsed Sueno's appointment.
Angara said Sueno has ably led the DILG's drive against drugs, corruption, and criminality down to the barangay level, prioritizing the development of the barangay as the primary catalyst for positive change during first 100 days.
"Secretary Sueno is an ideal fit in the Cabinet, and I believe that he will throw his full talents and support behind the President and our colleagues in government for the good of the Filipino people," he said.
Senator Gringo Honasan, likewise, said that since Sueno was a former seminarian, the "DILG is in good hands".
DILG Undersecretary for local government Austere Panadero also welcomed Sueno's confirmation.
"We knew that his confirmation would be a breeze because his passion for public service is contagious. We are 100 percent behind him in all his plans and programs to continuously empower our local governments and ensure the peace and safety of our communities," he added.
In pursuing the national government's anti-illegal drugs campaign, Sueno, a returnee to public service has also enjoined local government units (LGUs) to deal compassionately with surrenderers and upheld transparency, the rule of law of the DILG.
The DILG also strengthened its programs on public safety, local economic development, business-friendliness and competitiveness, and poverty reduction in his first six months of leadership.
Source: Philippines News Agency