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DILG-8 gets new leadership

By Myles Joseph Colasito

Tacloban City (5 February) -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 8 now has a new Regional Director as Dir. William C. Paler bid goodbye to 41 years of government service as he turned over the banner and symbolic key of the office to OIC-RD Francisco C. Jose last Thursday, February 4, 2010.

The simple turnover ceremony at the DILG-08 regional office was witnessed by DILG provincial directors, City Local Government Operations Officers and office staff. Dir. Paler and his wife, Virgencita who was an honored guest, thanked the officers and personnel of DILG-8 for their support in the 11 years RD Paler served in Eastern Visayas.

Dir. Jose meanwhile expressed his gratitude to DILG-8 personnel for their warm welcome even as he promised to continue and build upon the programs and accomplishments of Dir. Paler.

Being a stalwart of the department, Director Jose, of DILG-12 (Koronadal City), brings with him a wealth of experience, having served the agency in various capacities in several regions. RD Jose entered the then-Department of Local Government and Community Development (DLGCD) in 1974 as a Barangay Development Worker (BDW) in Davao del Sur, and rose to the position of Director III while serving in Regions 9, 10, 11, and 12. He is active in civic and community groups, being the chairman of the board of directors of Bansalan Cooperative Society in Bansalan, Davao del Sur, as well as past president of the Rotary Club of Bansalan.

Dir. Paler, who first came to the region as Assistant Director in 1998 before being named Regional Director in 2002, will leave a legacy of decisive leadership, strengthening institutional partnerships, upholding performance in the agency's targets, stressing merit and fitness in promotions and recruitment, while giving weight to employee welfare and concerns.

Under Dir. Paler's term, several barangays in Eastern Visayas won in the national search for Outstanding Lupong Tagapamayapa in the national level; the Search for Most Outstanding Sangguniang Bayan, a program held in coordination with the Philippine Councilors League, was adopted into a nationwide Local Legislative Award. After the regional office was razed by a fire in 2004, he spearheaded the rebuilding of a new office using minimal funds from the regional budget as well as from the Central Office.

Like Dir. Jose, Dir. Paler started as a BDW at the Presidential Assistant in Community Development (PACD) in 1968 and held various positions, both technical and administrative, to rise from the ranks and become one of the most respected DILG regional directors in the country. As a measure of the trust put in him by his superiors, Dir. Paler's term was extended twice from August 8, 2009 to February 8, 2010.

The primary focus of the department this year will be the training of the officials that will be elected in the May elections, as well as the other capacity development services for local government units. (PIA) [top]

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