Atty. Fidel J. Exconde, Jr. was appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on 08 January 2020 as Commissioner for Human Settlements Adjudication Commission and assumed his office on 21 January 2020.
Prior to his stint as HSAC Commissioner, Atty. Exconde was the youngest lawyer to be appointed as Undersecretary and Chief of Staff of the Department of Justice in a concurrent capacity serving from 2005 upto 2009 during the Arroyo administration. He exercised supervision over important attached agencies like the Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Corrections, and the National Bureau of Investigation. He also served the government under several administrations in several capacities – Prosecutor II of the Department of Justice, Member of the Board of Directors of Home Guaranty Corporation in 2001 and Assistant Secretary for General Legal Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in 2004.
Atty. Exconde has been appointed six times under three Presidents, the latest being the Commissioner of a quasi-judicial agency. Immediately he strengthened the agency’s contempt powers granted by law, initiated case de-clogging projects for RABs NCR and CALABARZON that disposed cases in record time. He likewise instituted and piloted a Case Management System for RAB NCR and Document Management System in his office, that digitized cases and records, which made retrieval accessible even at a remote work arrangement and improved efficiency of adjudication process.
When asked in an interview during his assumption of office as a new Commissioner, Atty. Exconde said that he will put into good use his years of experience in government to efficiently deliver the services of the Commission to the public, promote efficiency as exemplified in his previous positions, and improve overall response time. He also said that since he was trained to work with people as he was growing up, thus, current employees of the HSAC can expect an open door and that he will be accessible whenever he is needed.