By:   Adela Garapan Ida


The  Department of  Interior  and  Local Government  (DILG)  held  their  Welcome  Ceremony in honor  of  Hon. Ismael “Mike” D. Sueno,  as Secretary of  DILG, at the DILG-NAPOLCOM  Building, Quezon  City, Monday, July 4, 2016, 8:00 .– 10:35 a.m.


The  occasion was highlighted  with  the  presence  of  Under Secretary, Hon. Austere Panadero and  other Undersecretaries, Regional  Directors,  and  Staff of  DILG.


Present  to welcome  the  new  Secretary of  DILG  were some Congressmen  from different regions, Board  Members, Provincial  Governors, Mayors and  their  Representatives from  the  Local Government Units (LGU).


The  Chief  of  the  Philippine  National Police  (PNP)  had  likewise  highlighted  the  occasion in  the  person  of  Hon. Ronald “Bato”  de  la  Rosa  and  other  high  ranking  officials  in  the  PNP.


Hon. Ismael “Mike” Sueno, Secretary  of DILG  was  humbled by  the  presence and  gestures  of  the  guests who  attended  and  graced  the occasions to welcome him  as  one  of  the members of  the Cabinet  entrusted to  him by  President  Rodrigo R.  Duterte.


He gave his brief statements as regards to his political career.  He  had  12  years  political  experience  as  Mayor  and  also  Provincial  Governor  in Mindanao  from  1980-1992.


After  his  political  career  for  12  years  he  remain  a  layman.  Because  business  runs  in his  blood, he  entered in  the  Business  Industry  and  engaged in  AGRO-Fertilizer  Enterprise. Moreover, he confided that he was an Ex-Seminarian for 9 years.  He was  not ordained  for  priesthood  instead he  entered  another  vocation  in life  “Married  Life”.


Through  his  vast  experience  in  politics, business  and  religious  life  he  is  confident  that  this was  the  reason why our  President  offered this  position as  Secretary  of  DILG.


At first  he  was  reluctant  to  accept  the  position  offered to  him  by  our President, but  considering  that  he  has  high  qualifications in terms of education  and  government  service and  his  strong faith in  God  that  he  can  serve  his  best and  further  his  capability  to  ultimately  help   in his  crusades  to fight  criminalities  and  illegal  activities  that plague   the  progress of our  nation, he humbly  accepted and vowed  that  he  would discharged his  duties  and  responsibilities  with  utmost  honesty and integrity.


As  Secretary of  DILG,  his mandate  is  to ensure  that  the Local  Governance would  play  a  vital  role  in the delivery  of better services  to  the  public  with  transparency  and  integrity  in  the  LGU. He would  implement  and  order  the  short-cutting of requirements  in the  Registration  and  Licensing of  Business  Permits,  thereby releasing the  applications within  3  working  days  and to  lessen  the  signatories  for  only  3  or  5  persons.


Likewise, he would implement the Barangay Empowerment.  That  Barangay would  play  a  vital role  and  would  serve  as  partners  in eliminating the  criminal  and illegal  activities  within  their  jurisdiction.


He  further  informed  the  Body  that there  were  4,000 drug lords/pushers and  addicts who  surrendered  in Mindanao to the  proper  authorities. In this  regard, Governor  Maguindadatu  had  donated  5,000  hectares  of  land  to be  used  for  the  construction of  Rehabilitation Center  for  drug  addicts.  He  had already  coordinated with  TESDA so  that  the recipients  could  avail  the proper trainings  and skills  while  they  are being  rehabilitated  and  prepare  for  them  for  a better  job  opportunities, to completely change their lives for a better future.


Meanwhile, in a brief  Press Conference, PNP Chief, Hon. Ronald “Bato”  de la Rosa pointed out  that  the PNP Police  force  serving  the  Executive  Officials  in  the  Local Government Units (LGU) should  be  given  full  support  and  close  supervision.  Likewise,  the  PNP  Police had  been instructed and given  orders  to  protect  and  serve  the Executive  Officials and  the  citizens with  honesty  and  integrity.


The  Chief of  the PNP, bravely  announced  and warned  the  Elected  Officials  who  are  involved  in  illegal  activities  especially  drugs  to stop and  surrender   in  the  earliest  possible time, otherwise  he  would  be  constrained  to dealth with the  necessary  actions within  the  limits  of  the  law vested on him, in  his  capacity  of  the  Chief  of  PNP. #


Author: tuklasinnatin

A Journalist and served government for 20 years. A community organizer who rose from a clan of artists and novelists.

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