Philippine vice president takes oath as housing chief

19:18, July 20, 2010      

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Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday took his oath before President Benigno Aquino as chair of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council ( HUDCC).

Binay, accompanied by members of his family led by wife Elenita, took his oath in simple ceremonies in Malacanang in the morning right before joining the Cabinet meeting at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room.

The oath-taking ceremony was not open to full media coverage, and was limited to only photographers and cameramen.

The vice president, who accepted the position last week, had said earlier that he looks forward to implementing the president's objectives for housing and shelter and working with volunteer organizations like Gawad Kalinga (GK).

As HUDCC chair, Binay will oversee the agency's functions of coordinating the activities of the government housing agencies to ensure the accomplishment of the National Shelter Program.

Source: Xinhua


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