Thursday, 28 June 2012 14:10
On its 114th anniversary, the Department of Agriculture recognized employees who have served the office and its clients with excellence. This year’s theme says “Sa matuwid na daan pagkain ay sapat, kabuhayan ay angat.”
Employees who served for 40 years are Phil S. Dormitorio, Juanito Y. Loquias and Valeria S. Tolomia. For 35 years are Evangeline S. Cortez, Jaime I. Delfino, Gloria B. Jaylo, Apja S. Salim and Fe S. Sambulan. Thirty years were Russendyll L. Acuna, Antonio B. Calupez, Silvano DC Corpuz, Jr., Ferdinand D. Gamorot, Jose L. Isagani and Rowena I. Pajes and Habib Robbam Shariffcammah. For 25 years are Priscilla C. Jover, Carlito A. Larubis, Danilo C. Rodriguez, Delia M. Rodriguez, Crisente A. Sisican and Filipinieta P. Tuzon. Twenty years are Antonio P. Barredo, Crispin T. Castro, Jr, Isabelito D. Montecino and Jaime D. Sabijon. For 15 years are Junas P. Araya, Stephen A. Gonzales and Darwin Lloyd D. Sulay. For 10 years are Erlinda J. Baldorado, Cherry Vic R. Cadiz, Edgardo M. Cuanan, Eufracio S. Endaya II, Mary Joy P. Flores, Marie France Q. Jalao, Cynthia G. Litigio, Wajidda B. Majuddin, Ahmad A. Nahul, Ma. Criselda SJ Olarte, Bartolome R. Ombrezo, Josefina I. Sarad, Arcele P. Templa and Roque A. Tornandizo. Awardees were given cash and a plaque of service and loyalty yesterday at the grounds of the DA’s Bureau of Plant Industry at the Port Area in Zamboanga City.
Phil Dormitorio, Farm Supervisor assigned at the Research Center in Ipil Zamboanga Sibugay said “ I am proud working with the Department of Agriculture. This agency allowed my children to finish their studies.” No matter how big or small the demand of the job is “we just have to work and do our share,” Dormitorio added. ” Valeria Tolomia, Sr. Agriculturist assigned at the Soils Laboratory said she spent half of her life with the DA and proud to meet “my one true love in this office. I traveled regionwide even in some critical areas to get soil samples for testing for the benefit of the farmers.” She cited official travels outside the region as an indirect incentive and at the same time an opportunity for learning. Dormitorio and Tolomia served the DA for 40 years.
In behalf of Civil Service Commission Regional Director Macybell Alfaro Sahi, Alvin Araneta said that the civil servants are the best resources to sustain the mandates of any agency. “This activity is a manifestation of DA’s support to its employees. Recognizing the loyalty and continuous service of the men and women in this agency will encourage them to exert more effort in the pursuit of food security.”
For his part, DA Regional Executive Director Eduardo B. Holoyohoy said “we are facing the challenge of food staple sufficiency in 2013. I am sure that we can attain this with all your support and with the divine intervention because weather condition is not within our control.” RED Holoyohoy also inducted the newly elected set of officers for the DA’s Multipurpose Cooperative with Ferdinand Gamorot as the Chairman, Engr. Luisita M. Abella as Vice Chairman and five Board of Directors namely: Edgardo B. Tabal, Jaime T. Delfino, Constancio G. Alama, Engr. Gwendolyn B. Folgo and Engr. Roger Bagaforo. Also inducted were the Accountant, General Manager, Treasurer, Book Keeper, Secretary and the committees on Audit, Election, Training, Credit.
The anniversary also converged 21 attached agencies of the Department : ATI, BAI, BAS, BFAR, BPI, BSWM, FIDA, FPA, NABCOR, NDA, NFA, NIA, NMIS, NSQCS, PCA, PCA-ZRC, PCC, PCIC, PFDA, RAFC and QUEDANCOR. A sports fest was also held to foster camaraderie among the DA family. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) championed Volleyball men and women, Badminton women, Dart women, and Table Tennis men, while Badminton men, Chess, Bowling, Dart and Table Tennis women division were garnered by the National Food Authority (NFA). The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) bested all agencies in Basketball. Having the most number of points, NFA was declared the overall champion. (Melba Wee, DA 9)
By: Melba B. Wee, DA 9
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