Engr. Rory F. Avance is the new Regional Manager of NIA Region 9

Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IX has a new regional manager in the person of Engr. Rory F. Avance who officially assumed office on November 14, 2019 in a turnover ceremony held at NIA Regional Office IX Covered Court, this municipality.

The turnover of regional leadership from Engr. Mario H. Sande to the new regional manager was presided by NIA Administrator Gen. Ricardo R. Visaya (Ret). Other top officials from NIA Central Office also attended the said turnover including Deputy Administrator for Administrative and Finance, MGen Romeo G Gan, head of the Inspection and Assessment Team (IAT), PBGen Asher M. Dolina, Security and Management Consultant for Western Mindanao, Gen. Mayoralgo dela Cruz and visitors from NIA Region 12.

Manager Sande who served the Zamboanga Peninsula region for the past two (2) years is also the current President of NIA Association of Regional Directors and Operations Managers (ARDOMA). He previously served the now dissolved NIA Negros Island Region as Regional Manager prior to his assignment in Region IX. He also briefly served NIA Region 2 for eight (8) months and NIA Region 7 for two (2) years both as Regional Manager since his rising from the ranks in his home region, Region 12. He is set to officially bow out of government service on December 27, 2019 at the age of 65, the compulsory age for retirement. He has served the agency for a total of 41 years.

“My sincerest thanks to NIA top management and all employees of Region IX for the support you have extended during my term, it is expected that the same kind of support will be given to the new regional manager,” the outgoing manager said.

Meanwhile, newly installed manager Engr Avance also hails from Region 12. He rose from the ranks with his humble beginnings in NIA Region 12 as irrigation engineer some 33 years back. He was the Engineering and Operations Division Manager of NIA Region 12 prior to his promotion as regional manager. The 58-year-old manager is a native of Midsayap, Cotabato with Ilonggo and Cebuano descent.

“As a newly installed regional manager gusto kong hikayatin ang lahat ng empleyado na samahan ninyo akong mag-isip para sa ikabubuti ng Region IX in so doing I find no reason why we will fail,” the new manager’s call-to-action delivered during his acceptance speech.

NIA Administrator Visaya in his message also thank the outgoing manager for his dedicated service to the agency and assured his full trust and confidence to the newly installed manager. He concluded his message sharing the 11 military principles on leadership: (1) Know yourself and seek self-improvement; (2) Be technically and tactically proficient; (3) Develop a sense of responsibility among subordinates; (4) Make sound and timely decisions; (5) Set an example; (6) Know your people and look out for their welfare; (7) Keep your people informed; (8) Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions; (9) Ensure assigned tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished; (10) Train your people as a team; and lastly (11) Employ your team in accordance with its capabilities.