NIA Region IX – NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya, together with NIA-Region IX Acting Regional Manager Salome N. Layasan, led the inauguration of the New NIA-Region IX Office Building located at Regional Center, Balintawak, Pagadian City on June 30, 2022.
The 6,107.82 square meters donated lot by the Pagadian City Government, headed by Mayor Samuel S. Co, will rise the new home of NIA-Region IX. Once completed, the three-storey with roof deck Administrative Building, with a total floor area of 966 sqm, will accommodate the transfer of regional office personnel from Labangan, Zamboanga Del Sur. Aside from its Administrative Building, the new regional office complex will have a three-storey Guest House and 442-square-meter Covered Court. The project has a total project cost of P150.173 million.
Executive Order (EO) 429 was signed in 1990 reorganizing the administrative regions of Mindanao and designated Pagadian City as the regional government center and Zamboanga City as the commercial and industrial center of Zamboanga Peninsula to ensure the effective delivery of the field services of government employees. Pursuant to EO 429, Memorandum Circular 75 was inked in 2004, directing the transfer of all regional offices from Zamboanga City to Pagadian City, except the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, and Department of Tourism.
Administrator Visaya expressed his gratitude to the Pagadian City Government for their donation that enabled the start of this project. He then reminded all the employees to do more with their roles and responsibilities as public servants as they have now a new and better working place.
Also present in the event were representative to Pagadian City Mayor, Councilor Priscilla M. Fernandez, representative to Department of Agriculture Regional Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño, Ferdinand D. Gamorot, Regional Federation Irrigators Association President Alonto L. Marcaban, Engr. Nelly Sisona, NIA Public Affairs and Information Staff Department Manager Eden Victoria C. Selva, Acting Division Manager Sharilyn A. Bluza, and other officials and personnel of NIA Region IX.