PILA, Laguna - The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Laguna Rizal Irrigation Management Office (IMO) recently conducted a leadership turnover ceremony on May 5, 2023, at the NIA IV-A New Training Center in Pila, Laguna. The event marked the formal turnover of leadership between Engr. Armando Flores and Engr. Fidel Martinez. It was presided over by Engr. C'zar M. Sulaik, NIA Deputy Administrator for Engineering and Operations Sector.
During the occasion, outgoing Division Manager (DM) Engr. Armando L. Flores reflected on the achievements of the Laguna Rizal IMO since he assumed the position of Acting DM. He acknowledged the collaborative efforts of the team and attributed the accomplishments to their unwavering support. Expressing his gratitude, he extended his heartfelt appreciation to all NIA IV-A employees whom he had worked with for nearly 37 years.
"Sa mga taong naging tulay at instrumento kung bakit ako nasa harapan ninyo ngayon, mga kaibigan at kasamahan ko sa NIA 4A lalo't higit sa Laguna Rizal IMO, salamat sa walang Hanggang tulong at suporta. Palagi kayo sa puso ko," he said.
Engr. C'zar M. Sulaik, the NIA Deputy Administrator, together with Regional Manager Engr. Wilson M. Lopez, and the top management of NIA IV-A, led the presentation of the Plaque of Appreciation to outgoing DM Engr. Flores, recognizing his valuable contributions.
In his speech, RM Lopez congratulates the two (2) officials for accepting the new challenges on their leadership careers. He mentioned the importance of decisiveness as one of the qualities of a good leader.
“Hindi pwedeng mahina ang loob natin sa mga desisyon sa kakaharapin natin sapagkat marami ang apektado hindi lamang ang ating Ahensiya kundi maging ang ating mga magsasaka”, he emphasized.
The outgoing Laguna Rizal IMO Manager, Engr. Armando L. Flores, officially passed on the leadership baton to the incoming Division Manager, Engr. Fidel P. Martinez, during the ceremony.
DM Engr. Martinez expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the support and perseverance in providing excellent service to Filipino farmers. He also considered himself fortunate to lead the Palawan IMO, even for a short period of time.
"Ang palad ko at nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon na makapaglingkod sa Palawan sa loob ng pitong buwan. Salamat sa lahat ng suporta at tulong ninyo sa akin," he said.
As the presiding officer, NIA Deputy Administrator Engr. Sulaik challenged both Division Managers to continue leading their respective IMOs with dedication and commitment to foster a healthy working environment.
"Nagtitiwala ako na patuloy kayong aagapay sa ating NIA Top Management, para lalo pa mapaganda ang serbisyo natin sa sector ng agrikultura at pamumuhay ng ating mga mahal na magsasaka," he added.
Also present during the ceremony were employees from the NIA Palawan IMO, NIA MIMAROPA Acting Regional Manager Engr. Ronilio Cervantes, and other NIA IV-A officials and staff.
DM Flores is set to lead NIA Palwan IMO under MIMAROPA region while DM Martinez again leads the NIA Laguna-Rizal IMO under CALABARZON region.| G. Silvania