Eduardo del Rosario

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Eduardo Drueco del Rosario (born 22 November 1956) is a Philippine Army veteran and government official. He is the first and current secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. He assumed office on 2 January 2020, after the department was created on 14 February 2019, with the signing of Republic Act No. 1120. [1]

Early life and education

Eduardo del Rosario was born on 22 November 1956 in Talavera, Nueva Ecija. He studied mechanical engineering at Adamson University from 1973 to 1975 before starting his military training at the Philippine Military Academy. He graduated from the academy in 1980.

Del Rosario earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1994 and a master’s degree in public administration from Philippine Christian University in 2012. He completed the Public Corporate Governance training at the Development Academy of the Philippines in 2017.[2]

Military service

Del Rosario with the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

From 1981 to 1989, del Rosario was part of the Special Forces Regiment, based in Fort Magsaysay in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija. He joined the 8th Infantry Division in Catbalogan, Samar as a battery commander of the 8th Field Artillery Battery in 1990. He was the commanding officer of the Philippine Army’s Doctrine Development Center from 1993 to 1994 and was the 7th Infantry Division’s assistant chief of staff in 2000.[3]

Del Rosario was the battalion commander of the 73rd Infantry Battalion of the 10th Infantry Division in Davao City during the CPP-[[NPA]-NDF conflict in southern Mindanao in the early 2000s. He would take part in the campaign against the communists again in 2009 as commander of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade after briefly serving as commander of the AFP Joint Special Operations Group in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City between 2006 and 2007 and as commander of the 803rd Infantry Brigade in Samar from 2007 to 2009 and as its assistant division commander in 2009.[3][4]

Del Rosario was the general officer-in-charge of the AFP Southern Luzon Command in Lucena City, Quezon in 2012. His last military assignment was as commanding general of the 2nd Infantry Division in Tanay, Rizal. He retired from military service in November 2012.[2]

Political career

In February 2013, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III tasked del Rosario to head the Office of Civil Defense. At the same time, he was also the executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. As head of the two agencies, del Rosario spearheaded government efforts in the aftermaths of the 2013 Bohol earthquake, the Zamboanga City crisis, and Tropical Storm Lingling. He resigned from his positions in 2014, citing health reasons. However, critics said that del Rosario’s stepping down was due to the government’s poor preparation and response to Typhoon Haiyan.[5][6]

Del Rosario ran for senator as an independent candidate in 2016 but did not win. He became undersecretary for civil, veteran, and retiree affairs of the Department of National Defense when Rodrigo Duterte assumed the presidency in June 2016. In July 2017, he became the chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council after Leoncio Evasco Jr. vacated the post. After the creation of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development through Republic Act No. 11201 in February 2019, del Rosario became its first secretary, with his papers signed on January 2, 2020.[1]

Personal life

Del Rosario is married to Annie Rita A. del Rosario, a physician.[3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Gita-Carlos, R.A.. "Duterte names heads of new housing dep't, space agency", Philippine News Agency, 7 January 2020. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Annual Report 2017. Social Housing Finance Corporation (Philippines).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 PIA Press Release (11 September 2009). 1003rd Brigade receives returning commander. Philippine Information Agency.
  4. Profile of HUDCC Sec. Eduardo D. Del Rosario. Rotary Club of Manila.
  5. Laude, J.. "NDRRMC chief resigns due to health reasons", The Philippine Star, 30 April 2014. 
  6. Fonbuena, C.. "Stressed-out Del Rosario: NDRRMC is in Pama's 'good hands'", Rappler, 12 May 2014.