Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur - The National Irrigation Administration Region 9 (NIA R-9) has a new Regional Manager, Engr. Mario H. Sande, who officially assumed his office, after a simple turnover ceremony last August 14, 2017 held at NIA Regional Office Function Hall, this municipality.
Regional Manager Diosdado A. Rosales, who served the Zamboanga Peninsula Region for four (4) years and has been twice a recipient of Regional Manager of the Year award (in 2015 and 2017) during his stint, turned over the leadership to Regional Manager Sande following his new assignment in NIA Region 12. This is part of NIA's "Regional Leadership Map", which aims to continuously enhance leadership skills and knowledge as well as to provide regional offices the opportunity to develop with each leadership.
Manager Sande have previously served the now dissolved NIA Negros Island Region as Regional Manager prior to this new assignment. He also briefly served NIA Region 2 for eight (8) months and NIA Region 7 two (2) years both as Regional Manager since his rising from the ranks in his home region in Region 12.
"I humbly accept this symbolic key of responsibility and sincerely promise that I will govern this region guided by the core values of commitment, integrity and professionalism," he said.
In his message during the ceremony, he emphasized the four (4) thrusts he has for the region starting with (1) effective and efficient implementation and timely completion of projects, (2) sustain effective operation and maintenance activities of existing irrigation systems, (3) increase support for institutional activities for the Irrigator's Association, and lastly (4) the judicious use of resources - financial, manpower, and equipment.
Further, he thanked the previous management of Manager Rosales for his activities and initiatives, and for putting the region at a higher level, being the Regional Office of the Year awardee for this year.
Manager sande, who is presently the President of NIA Association of Regional Directors and Operations Managers (ARDOMA), also targets NIA Region 9 to maintain, if not add more, to the accolades the region has already achieved.