After retiring from military service, now as a full-fledged civilian, newly-appointed Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito “Rolly” Bautista is expected to use his leadership and management skills to effectively implement the agency’s programs.
Bautista, a former commanding general of the Philippine Army, has been tapped by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to head the DSWD and execute the government’s poverty alleviation program including the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
As former commander of Joint Task Force Marawi, Bautista oversaw the bulk of social work programs of the Philippine Army for the affected communities during the Marawi crisis.
His work at the Civil-Military Operations Coordinating Center (CMOCC), which was also under his command, provided a convergent avenue to mobilize mutli-sectoral approach in addressing the needs of the IDPs.
Bautista also spearheaded the creation of a Provincial Crisis Management Committee (PCMC), which was mandated to provide welfare assistance to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors during the Marawi crisis.
As a former soldier, Bautista has offered his life and career in the service and protection of public, which is the highest form of public service. In leading a sensitive and crucial agency in the government, he is again being asked to heed the call of duty.
While some sectors have expressed reservations to his appointment due to his background as a former military officer, Bautista will be a civilian member of the government determined to fulfill his responsibilities and prove his critics wrong.