January 16, 2018 – Employees and officials of National Irrigation Administration Region 4A warmly welcome the homecoming of Engr. Romeo “Romy” M. Lopez during the leadership turnover ceremony held at NIA Region 4A covered court, Pila Laguna on January 16, 2018.
Then NIA 4A Regional Manager Engr. Modesto M. Membreve handed the “Key of Leadership” to Director Lopez along with all the responsibilities anchored with the position.
Before heading to 4A, Engr. Lopez was the Regional Manager of NIA Region 5 in Naga City, Camarines Sur. He assumed his post in NIA region 4A replacing Engr. Modesto Membreve
after the latter move to Region 7 and assumed leadership in the region.
A native of Lucena City, Quezon, Engr. Romeo Lopez gained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Luzonian University Foundation in Lucena City in 1980. He also pursued a graduate study of Master in Public Administration at Union College of Laguna in 2008.
From Civil Engineering Aide, to the Division Manager, and now Acting Regional Manager, Director Romy has literally risen from the ranks. A true-blooded NIAn, he started his service as Civil Engineering Aide in Quezon Provincial Irrigation Office (PIO) in 1980.
After three years he was transferred to Marinduque PIO as Acting Provincial Irrigation Engineer. In 1984, with his exemplary service, he was promoted as Supervising Engineer A and was assigned to Romblon PIO as Provincial Irrigation Officer.
His effort and dedication paid off as he received numerous awards lauding his significant contribution in the agency. From three consecutive years, 2007-2009, he was hailed as the Outstanding Provincial Irrigation Engineer of the Year.
He spent almost 20 years in different provincial offices, including Marinduque, Romblon, Aurora, Laguna, and Quezon before he assumed the Division Manager post in Laguna-Rizal Irrigation Management Office in Pila Laguna.
He was also a full-fledged Division Manager of Quezon Irrigation Management Office (IMO) in September 2014 – May 2015, and also served as Acting Regional Manager of NIA Region 4A.
With his fully equipped experiences in field operations, Engr. Lopez was given a chance to help the NIA Central Office as the Operation Manager from 2015-2017.
In all his previous speaking engagements, RM Lopez vowed to focus on timely project implementation, to strengthen partnership with stakeholders, and to institute measures for a more efficient service for farmers in the region.
He said that his leadership in the region was also guided with the direction of NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya’s 4-point agenda to which the agency is embarking on.
A passer of Career Service Executive, RM Lopez committed to lead the region with integrity and efficiency. During his first weeks in the post, RM Lopez visited several irrigation projects to personally know the status of implementation. He also scheduled various meetings with the leaders of towns and provinces to strengthen the agency’s partnership for a smooth coordination and assistance.