The next secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) should be “in the mold” of 10 girls who had held that post since 1986.
“If the tradition is to be followed, there’s a high bar to be met in choosing the head of an agency that helps those who have fallen through the cracks of society,” mentioned Recto a day after the Commission on Appointments (CA) rejected the nomination of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, a former activist.
“Recite their names and one can come to the conclusion that DSWD has always been run by women with the head and the heart to lead a frontline agency,” Recto mentioned.
He mentioned Mita Pardo de Tavera, Corazon Alma de Leon, Lilian Laigo, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Dulce Saguisag, Corazon Soliman, Lualhati Pablo, Esperanza Cabral, Celia Yangco and Judy Taguiwalo “were all hardworking professionals.”
“But DSWD’s expanded mandate has put the qualification standard a notch higher,” Recto mentioned.
“The magnitude of programs leaves no room for an OJT (on-the-job trainee) to take over Judy Taguiwalo,” he added.