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Karen Davila supports decision to make Erwin Tulfo as next DSWD secretary

The public wanted to see someone with an extensive background in social work as opposed to Tulfo, who does his version of helping the masses.

Unlike some Filipinos, Karen Davila couldn’t see why fellow broadcaster Erwin Tulfo shouldn’t be the new Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) chief.

Shortly after president-elect Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. tapped Tulfo to head the said department, netizens questioned the dictator’s son’s promise of becoming a ‘serious’ leader given the broadcaster’s qualifications.

The public wanted to see someone with an extensive background in social work as opposed to Tulfo, who does his version of helping the masses.

Aside from having questionable qualifications, Tulfo also engaged in red-tagging activities.

“He has been in the public service doing social work in three decades, and was awarded best public service program host. He is known for his involvement in covering and helping Filipinos here and abroad through his socio programs and partnerships with other organizations,” incoming press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles announced on Monday, May 30.

Tulfo sent his gratitude to Marcos for allowing him to be a public servant.

“Alam ko na maraming trabaho ang naghihintay sa DSWD. Ang tanging maipapangako ko lamang ay sisikapin ko na matugunan ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayang mahihirap at nangangailangan,” he wrote on facebook.

Despite possible backlash, Davila is excited to see Tulfo’s “immediate assistance” would translate to as DSWD chief.

Tulfo also promised that he’ll be someone who the people can reach easily.

“I will be a secretary on the ground. I will be a secretary people can touch, people can talk to,” Tulfo said over ABS-CBN News Channel. “I think I have to be on the ground just to assure that I am here. The government is here. The government is watching. The government is helping. And we are here. All the help is here. So I have to be on the ground.”

Tulfo is more than open for journalists to call him out on his lapses once he officially becomes DSWD chief.

“I would encourage other journalists and media people to call my attention. For example, kapag hindi nakakarating ‘yong ayuda with DSWD in times of calamity,” Tulfo stressed. “Definitely, we’ll be working hand in hand with the media people kasi sila ‘yong on the ground…Sila ‘yong nakakakita eh. So, I would need their help.”

Once installed, Tulfo’s priority would be to establish “quick reaction team” that will aid communities during disasters.

“Ang target namin, we should be there before the 24th hour…We will be coordinating with other agencies para matugunan kaagad ‘yong mga pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin (to immediately address the needs of our countrymen) and [they would] not have to wait a day or two,” he explained.

“I will be inspecting that area, making sure that evacuation centers are ready. Iyong mga food, mga relief are ready for distribution. So kapag tumama [iyong bagyo], I am there. I can supervise.”

And like the outgoing Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, Tulfo vowed to resign should he not fulfill his promises in six to twelve months.


Tulfo hosted various programs during his time in ABS-CBN from 1990 to 2005.

Written by paulie walnuts

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