Appointment of permanent regional directors pressed

BAGUIO CITY  – The Regional Development Council (RDC) in the Cordillera passed a resolution requesting the Secretaries of the different departments to appoint a permanent regional director for their established offices in the region to ensure the continuity and sustainability of the implementation of short, medium and long-term programs and projects beneficial to the welfare of the greater majority of the populace.

The resolution was passed by the region’s policy-making body during the recent Advisory Committee meeting in the presence of Cordillera lawmakers who also expressed support to the said move considering the presence of numerous officers-in-charge overseeing the various regional line agencies.

The RDC-CAR chaired by Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan called on the concerned authorities in the national level to fastrack the screening process for the qualified applicants for the vacant positions of regional directors in the region and for their subsequent appointment to their permanent position as not to jeopardize the implementation of their programs and projects around the region.

Among the agencies that were pinpointed to have officers-in-charge for a long period of time include the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The RDC-CAR stated that in the appointment of permanent regional directors for the various agencies with regional offices in the region, the pertinent provisions of Executive Order No. 220 must be given weight because qualified Cordillerans will have the chance to share their skills and knowledge in contributing to the growth and development of the region.

Domogan expressed confidence that the sentiments of the Cordillerans will be considered by the appointing authorities in the designation of permanent regional directors in the different line agencies so that regional concerns will be appropriately ventilated with the national government considering the peculiar situation of the region.

According to him, the government is currently implementing numerous development projects in the different parts of the region which should be supervised by responsible officials of the different line agencies considering that officers-in-charge are simply holding their posts in a temporary capacity and could be replaced or relived anytime.

The approved RDC-CAR resolution will be immediately transmitted by the secretariat to the Secretaries of the concerned line agencies for immediate action and information.

The concerned officers-in-charge who were present during the meeting expressed their gratitude to the RDC-CAR for extending the regional policy-making body’s support for their being vein a permanent appointment as directors for their respective agencies so that they will have the peace of mind and that they could concentrate in aggressively cascading to the grassroots level the various development programs and projects of the government.

By Dexter A. See

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