New DepEd CAR assistant director assumes office

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LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Cordillera office of the Department of Education (DepEd-CAR) welcomed its new assistant regional director in fitting rites here last Monday.

Florante E. Vergara officially assumed as the officer-in-charge of the office of the assistant regional director of DepEd CAR replacing Bettina Daytec-Aquino who was re-assigned to the Finance Services of DepEd Central Office.

Aquino served as full-fledged assistant director in CAR for almost two years since November 6, 2017 while Vergara served as schools division superintendent in several provinces and cities in the Cagayan Valley region.

Vergara, in his acceptance message, enjoined all division offices, schools, and personnel to cooperate and work collaboratively to ensure that DepEd-CAR programs and projects will be implemented with the seal of good governance and transparency.

“With all humility, I accept this opportunity to assist CAR in safeguarding the welfare of our teachers, other personnel, students, parents and other stakeholders,” he added.

Aquino, on the other hand, expressed her gratitude to all regional and division personnel and assured that the Cordillera region will have a voice at the DepEd’s central office.

The outgoing director, likewise, served as finance chief and later on as assistant regional director of Region 1 prior to her stint in this region.

Present during the installation and tribute were DepEd-CAR Regional Director May B. Eclar and Region 2 Regional Director Estela L. Cariño and the superintendents and staff from both regions.

Meanwhile, all schools division superintendents in DepEd-CAR were reshuffled recently by virtue of reassignment orders from DepEd Secretary Leonor M. Briones.

Abra Province will be helmed by Gloria B. Buyao while Apayao Province will be by Sally B. Ullalim.

Taking over Baguio City is Marie Carolyn B. Verano, Benguet Province is Benilda M. Daytaca, and Ifugao Province is Benedicta B. Gamatero.

Kalinga Province will be headed by Amador D. Garcia, Mt. Province by Federico P. Martin, and Tabuk City by Irene S. Angway.

The reshuffling was also due to the reassignment of Apayao Superintendent Ronald B. Castillo as the new assistant regional director of Region 1 last September 18.

Another reshuffling of third level positions such as regional directors and assistant superintendents nationwide is expected by January next year.

By Georaloy I. Palao-ay

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