Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur – NIA Region 9 took part in the Joint Leadership Turnover Ceremony held on October 14, 2020 thru virtual ceremony with NIA Administrator Gen Ricardo R Visaya (Ret) as presiding officer.
The principals of the said ceremony were Engr. Rory F. Avance, Regional Manager of NIA Region 9; Engr. Manuel L. Rañeses, Regional Manager of NIA Region 8; Engr. Jonel B. Borres, Officer-In-Charge of Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project II, and Engr. Ruby C. Tuan, Jr., Engineering and Operations Division Manager or NIA Region 13.
NIA Region 9 will be gaining Engr. Manuel L. Rañeses as their new Regional Manager. He served one year and four months as Regional Manager of NIA Region 8. During his acceptance speech which was delivered online, he expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for giving him the opportunity to lead NIA Region 9, and humbly asked for the support and commitment of his future staff.
On the other hand, Engr. Rory Avance led the management of NIA Region 9 for 11 months. In this short stint, he exceeded the expectations of the top management in terms of accomplishments and leadership innovations. He was able to pull the standing of NIA Region 9 from being one of the poor performing regions to being one of the top performers at present. In his speech, he thanked all the personnel of NIA Region 9, its stakeholders, and most especially the farmers for this success, in recognition to their unflagging service, dedication, and support to NIA Region 9's purpose.
NIA Administrator Gen Ricardo R Visaya (Ret) congratulated both officials on their new journey. He commended NIA R9’s outgoing official Engr. Avance for his good leadership, thus improving the performance of the Region. He advised him to carry the same zeal, enthusiasm and dedication as he lead NIA Region 6.