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RD Florante Leal turns over the leadership of DTI-1 to now OIC RD Daria Mingaracal during the Ceremonial Turnover held last 17 January 2019 in La Union, with ROG Assistant Secretary Blesila A. Lantayona as witness.

San Fernando City, La Union- “My burning passion to help (clients) during my first day in DTI is the same as today, my last day at work. It’s been a rewarding and fulfilling experience to serve.”

These were the parting words of outgoing Regional Director Florante O. Leal during the Ceremonial Turnover of DTI Region 1 Leadership at the L’otel D’ Emily, Tubao, La Union last 17 January 2019.

Outgoing RD Leal, who rendered more than 44 years in government service, has reached the mandatory age retirement of 65 on 20 January 2019. He served 25 years as the Regional Director of DTI-1.

During the formal turnover ceremony, outgoing RD Leal handed-over the DTI key and logo to incoming Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Daria R. Mingaracal. The key and logo symbolized the responsibilities that OIC RD Mingaracal will have to fulfill. DTI-ROG Assistant Secretary Blesila A. Lantayona witnessed the said ceremony.

One who rose from the ranks, OIC RD Mingaracal is on her 30th year in government service. She held technical posts before becoming the Provincial Caretaker of DTI- Pangasinan and La Union. She was designated as OIC Assistant Regional Director last July 2018 before she got promoted to her current position now as the OIC Regional Director.

On her acceptance speech, she thanked outgoing RD Leal and the DTI-1 family for the support. Further, she emphasized the importance of unity and teamwork in providing “Serbisyong Higit Pa Sa Inaasahan” to the people.

Meanwhile, DTI-Pangasinan Provincial Director Peter O. Mangabat also retired last 15 January 2019 and turned-over his post to OIC PD Natalia B. Dalaten. DTI La Union is now being supervised by OIC PD Merlie D. Membrere, DTI Ilocos Norte is supervised by OIC PD Rosario Q. Quodala while Provincial Director Grace R. Lapastora remains in DTI Ilocos Sur.♦

Date of release: 23 January 2019

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