Arena 7 new set of officers take oath

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THE new set of officers for 2022-2023 of the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies (Arena) in Central Visayas were sworn in on May 20, 2022, by businessman Kenneth Cobonpue, the chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7.

Cobonpue told the newly elected officials and members present that, as heads of their respective agencies, they play a vital role in the development of the region.

"I asked you to personally and actively be involved in the next RDC 7 in meetings and discussions, in planning and budgeting, to project implementation, monitoring and evaluation," urged Cobonpue, as he expressed his gratitude for their support to the RDC 7 under his chairmanship for six years.

Cobonpue said it is really difficult to overcome the triple challenges that eroded the gains of the region in the past several years due to the pandemic, the devastation of typhoon Odette, and the Ukraine crisis.

But let us be together in charting the development of our region and, with Arena and RDC, there is no reason we will not succeed in making our economy recover faster and be more inclusive, said the RDC 7 chair.

Quick to accept the challenge, Arena-7 President Dr. Salustiano Jimenez of DepEd 7 said, "I am a public servant and I chose to be one because I believe leadership is action and not a position. We join this association because we share the same direction, the same goal, which is to serve the public."

Salustiano added that he wants the Arena-7 to be the best organization of service and this can be done through unity, despite its members' having different tasks and mandates, because its members are passionate towards public service.

The other elected new Arena-7 officers are: Dir. Jesus Zamora of the Department of Science and Technology as vice president for external affairs; Dir. Gamaliel Vicente of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority as vice president for internal affairs; Dir. Chloe Osano of the Presidential Commission for Urban Poor as treasurer; Assistant Regional Dir. Dolores Molintas of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) as secretary; Dir. Paquito Melicor of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as auditor; and Regional Head Fayette Riñen of the Philippine Information Agency.

Outgoing President Dir. Efren Carreon of NEDA 7 cited the accomplishments in the past four years, especially the Bayanihan projects at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the donation of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to over 100 medical frontliners in the different facilities in Metro Cebu worth P100,000 and the "Usa Ka Gasa, Duha ka Pamilya" project that benefited Cebu farmers and poor families in urban neighborhoods.

The donation of the PPEs to medical frontliners battling the high incidence of Covid cases in Metro Cebu during the hard lockdown came from the personal pockets of Arena-7 members.

Carreon further said the ‘Usa Ka Gasa, Duha Ka Pamilya" project was in partnership with a non-government organization called Impact, where the P35,000 donation was used to buy vegetable products from farmers which were then distributed to the poor families in urban areas who had difficulty accessing food items during the hard lockdowns.

Other projects fulfilled by Arena-7 include the distribution of educational supplies as Christmas gifts to 100 street children and the same on top of food items to orphans and neglected children through a foundation, conduct of financial literacy to government retirees and Gender and Development session, and the facilitation of the national ID card for government employees at the government center in Sudlon, Cebu City in partnership with the Philippine Statistics Authority 7.

"Despite the pandemic, we continue to serve. I have witnessed the positive and significant impacts of our projects while leading the Arena-7 towards greater passion, commitment, integrity and service was a challenge," said Carreon, who admitted that attendance by members in meetings proved to be quite a challenge.

But as the induction ceremony was attended by over 50 regional and assistant regional executives, including the presidents and vice presidents of state universities and colleges, Carreon expressed confidence that the new set of officers can accomplish what it envisions the association to become.

The activity became a get-together of the old and new members to make the association stronger and united. (PR)

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