Dayao returns as DA Bicol chief

Jose V. Dayao  re-assumes his post  as regional executive director (RED) of the Department of Agriculture in Bicol .

His re-appointment was signed by President  Benigno Aquino III on Sept. 20, 2010. He took  his oath before  DA secretary Proceso J. Alcala on Sept. 21 at the DA main office in Quezon City.

Dayao’s government  service  was rudely  but temporarily interrupted when he filed for  a two month  leave starting Jan. 10, 2010  to undergo medical treatment.  He was to re-instate on April  12 of the same year.

But on March 25,2010,  Marilyn V. Sta-Catalina, the regional technical director (assistant director) who was designated officer-in-charge while  Dayao was on leave took her oath  before then DA Secretary Bernie Fondevilla  as full- fledged  RED vice  Dayao.

Sta. Catalina’s appointment was dated March 1, 2010.  Dayao  was offered by Fondevilla a post in a DA attached facility in Mindanao.   Dayao  did not accept the offer  and was forced to extend his leave   and waited for the lifting of the election ban  before he  pursued his  case for reinstatement.

It is not clear what was the reason for  the unceremonious  replacement of Dayao  upon the endorsement of then   DA Secretary  Fondevilla  just  a few weeks before the election ban.

Dayao’s case was not an isolated one as  a few other regional   directors and heads of DA attached agencies suffered the same fate.

Dayao, is  the most senior official in the  DA  hierarchy in the Bicol region and so far is the only one with   a Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) eligibility (Rank IV).

He is  a graduate of Doctor of Veterinary medicine  from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City with academic units  in Masters  degree in Management..  He also  underwent training  course in Management and Rural Development  in Australia.  He had a brief stint in  the private sector  before joining government  service .  He rose from the rank  starting as  a Livestock Appraiser for the DBP, then as provincial veterinarian of the Bureau of Animal Industry, as Provincial Agricultural Officer of Camarines Sur, Agricultural Program Officer (APCO)  and  later as   OIC of the  Office of the Assistant  Regional Director for Administration, Finance and regulatory.  He was appointed full-fledged  Director III (assistant director) in 2002.

He was  promoted Director IV  of the DA Bicol by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Sept. 13, 2007.   Although  soft-spoken Dayao is  known for his dedication to work, humility, simple living,  probity and integrity.

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