Friday, January 29, 2010

Cerilles hails NEDA’s presence in Pagadian

GOVERNOR Aurora Cerilles appreciated the gesture of NEDA regional director Arturo Valero to finally transfer their office to Pagadian.

NEDA stands for the National Economic Development Authority, the country’s independent economic development and planning agency.

Its regional office is presently located at V. Sagun Street in Gatas District, this city.

“Your office manifests the [compliance] to the order, a proof that proves your hallmarks of integrity and professionalism,” Cerilles commended Valero and staff as she mentioned their “sacrifices and extra effort” in adherence to Special Order No. 40-2009.

SO No. 40-2009, signed by then NEDA Director-General and Socio-economic Planning Sec. Ralph Recto, mandated the transfer of the NEDA regional office from Zamboanga to Pagadian last March 2009, pursuant to EO No. 429 reorganizing the administrative regions in Mindanao.

Valero, in an interview with this paper, said they are making headway in adjustments, especially in the provisions and requirements of their employees, who mostly are mostly from Zamboanga City.

He added that there are, of course, newly hired employees from this city and that they are considering the number of duty hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. so that they can satisfy the 40 hours of work week since, again, most of his employees will leave early every Friday for Zamboanga City.

So far, in talking about Zamboanga Peninsula, Valero said that the global financial crisis that swept the country last year did not affect much of the region because many of products are agri-based and is minimal in the exportation compared to the electronics industry.

He said that most projects implemented in Region 9 are roads network, irrigation system and the much-ballyhooed west-coast road project linking Zamboanga City to Siraway and Siocon.