TUGUEGARAO CITY—Narciso A. Edillo assumed Office as the new Regional Executive Director for the Department of Agriculture–Regional Field Unit 02 on August 1.
As the new head of DA R02, Edillo vowed to sustain the programs and projects initiated by his predecessor, Lucrecio Alviar.
“Under my headship, I will continue the plans and programs with the mandate to deliver services to our farmers here in Cagayan Valley Region,” Edillo said.
“I came here not to divide but rather to share my experience and lead. Let us try to work together, I myself am a Cagayano like Director Alviar,” he stressed.
He shared with the group his experience in Region 1 where he served as Regional Executive Director for three months and his working expertise outside the country.
Edillo said he will ensure that the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, such as the Farmers Market that is assisting the farmers in selling their products direct to the consumers and saving the local garlic industry, will soon be realized and be replicated in all the regions.
He said he would encourage a multiplier scheme for livestock in the local governments, among other initiatives which had been a program of DA in Region 1.
Meanwhile, Alviar, dubbed as Top Director of the DA and who obtain a performance rating of Outstanding Regional Executive Director for six years, will lead the Department of Agriculture in Region 1.
“My battle cry in the transformation of DA in Region 2 from ‘Marun–runut to Green’ where dilapidated facilities (“marunrunut” in the vernacular) were transformed into the state-of-the art facilities (green) and programs and services for the farmers has been realized. I could also make Region 1 as No. 1 too,” Alviar said.
His 6 years stint as the Regional executive Director of DA RFO II spearheaded a remarkable transformation of DA Regional Field Office with nine research centers or experiment stations.
Edillo, who is married with four children, is from Solana, Cagayan. He earned his BS in Agriculture Degree major in Agronomy at Isabela State University, and finished his Master of Arts in Education, major in Administration and Supervision, at Saint Paul University.
His 10 years of international experience include being a Country Director, Program Officer, Program Coordinator, Project Coordinator, Rice Expert in the Lutheran World Federation-Department of World Service based in Geneva, Switzerland, with assignments in El Salvador, Central America and countries in Africa like Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe and Swaziland.
He also worked as Program Manager, Regional Field Coordinator with Relief International and Childfund International Organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan-Central Asia.
His local experiences include six years at International Rice Research Institute - UP Los Baños, Laguna as Researcher and later became Site Coordinator of a collaborative Research Project of IRRI-DA based in Solana, Cagayan with outreach project at MMSU, Batac, Ilocos Norte.
He worked with UNICEF as Project Manager of an emergency rehabilitation program in Regions 6, 7, and 8 during Typhoon “Yolanda” and was consultant of some local NGOs, and for short time for the office of the Governor Province of Cagayan.
Elected Municipal Councilor for nine years in Solana, he chaired the town council’s Committee on Agriculture, and was elected as one of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Councilor’s League. His latest appointment was as Municipal Agriculturist of Solana before he was appointed by the President as Director IV in the Department of Agriculture in Region 1 (Ilocos Region).