New chief leads NIA Bicol

By: Analene J. Escolano

The NATIONAL IRRIGATION ADMINISTRATION Bicol regional office has a new acting manager in the person of Engr. Angelito S. Miguel, who assumes his post during a turnover of leadership ceremony on January 16, 2019 in Naga City.

Miguel, a civil engineer and a full-blooded "Kapampangan" has been working in the Agency for 44 years now, starting as a laborer in 1975. He rose from the ranks until he was promoted as project manager of Lower Agno River Irrigation System Improvement Project in June 2018. He replaced Ramon A. Bugacia who has served NIA in the Bicol region for exactly one year since his assignment last January 17, 2018. Bugacia's new assignment, however, is at the Central Office, as he awaits his retirement on April 14, this year.

In his speech, NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya who attended the ceremony as the presiding officer said that he trusts Miguel 100% to lead NIA Bicol. "Lito is the best man for the job", said Visaya. "This is a new challenge for you to face, continue to do the good things you have started from your previous assignments", he added.

While accepting the challenge, Miguel said that he is greatly honored to have the Administrator's full trust and confidence, and that he also believe that with the support of his co-employees in the region, they will be able to do their tasks and bring NIA Bicol to greater heights.

The new acting manager seeks to provide a more improved irrigation by fast-tracking the implementation of irrigation programs and projects, abided by the Administrator's four-point agenda: 1) Eradicate graft and corruption, 2) Institute measures to improve delivery of services, 3) Strengthen NIA organization, and 4) Develop human resources and improve their capabilities.

Engr. Miguel's previous assignments were in BANE IMO in Region 3, and the most recent was in Lower Agno River Irrigation System Improvement Project (LARISIP) in Region 1, where he both served as Project Manager.

The ceremony was also attended by: NIA Deputy Administrator Romeo G. Gan, Regional Managers, Josephine Salazar B. Salazar (Region 3) and Vicente R. Vicmudo (Region 1), NCIA President Silvestre Bonto, some employees from both regions, and the personnel from region V.

The new chief has gained the respect of his co-workers, then and now, as he projects with simplicity and humility in accomplishing his tasks.