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DOST officials take oath of office

Science Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. administered the oath taking of the Department of Science and Technology officials from its various agencies, who will be his partners in serving the public to implement his banner slogan “One DOST for you” for six years until 2028.

Eighteen of the officials took their oath last August 31, while 13 more will have theirs on September 7. They are reappointed officials who are non-Career Executive Service officers.

Those who have taken their oath were: Assistant Secretaries Diana L. Ignacio for Administrative and Legal Affairs, Leah J. Buendia for International Cooperation, and Maridon O. Sahagun for Finance and Strategic Planning.

Admnistrator III Vicente B. Malano of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa); Directors IV Cezar R. Pedraza for Planning and Evaluation Service; Angely M. Alviar for Administrative and Legal Affairs; Racquel P. Alvendia for Service, Financial and Management Service.

Directors IV Carlo A. Arcilla for Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI); Imelda A. Agdeppa for Food and Nutrition Research Institute; Richard P. Burgos for Science and Technology Information Institute; Marion Ivy D. Decena for Technology Application and Promotion Institute.

Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit for Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD); Directors III Rico J. Cabangon for Forest Products Research and Development Institute; Zorayda V. Ang and Christine Marie C. Montesa for Industrial Technology Development Institute; Esperanza O. Cayanan for  Pagasa; Teresito C. Bacolcol for Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology; and Albert G. Mariño for Science Education Institute (SEI).

The DOST officials who will have their oath taking on September 7 are Directors IV Franz A. De Leon for Advanced Science and Technology Institute, and Josette T. Biyo for SEI.

Regional Directors Virginia G. Bilgera for Regional Office II; Emelita P. Bagsit for Regional Office IV-A; Jesus F. Zamora Jr. for Regional Office VII; Ernesto M. Granada for Regional Office VIII; Martin A. Wee for Regional Office IX; Sammy P. Malawan for Regional Office XII; Noel M. Ajoc for Caraga; and Jose B. Patalinjug III for Regional Office National Capital Region.

Deputy Executive Directors Niñaliza H. Escorial for PCIEERD, and Feliciano G. Calora Jr. for Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development; and Director III Vallerie Ann I. Samson for PNRI.

Solidum earlier told the BusinessMirror that he will have the slogan “One DOST for you” in order to bring the whole of DOST services as one team.

The DOST under his helm, Solidum said, will harmonize its functions with that of the Marcos Jr. administration in wealth creation, wealth protection, human wellbeing and sustainability.

He is urging the DOST system personnel to work with a HEART. This means having an H, or heart for passion; E for excellence; A for aligning one’s ambition with the organization; R for respect; and T for team work.

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