A virtual oath-taking ceremony for newly appointed and promoted NFRDI personnel was conducted last December 18, 2020, at the NFRDI conference room. Department of Agriculture Secretary William Dar, together with Undersecretary for Agri-Industrialization and Fisheries Cheryl Caballero, administered the oath of 54 employees coming from NFRDI central office and research centers. The appointment and promotion were made possible after the NFRDI plantilla was approved. The Notice of Organization Staffing and Compensation Action was released by the Department of Budget and Management last February 15, 2019. As of December 2020, NFRDI personnel complement has 242 in total, where 93 are permanent positions with five co-terminus to the incumbent and 179 contract of service.
During the ceremony, Sec. Dar emphasized the vital role of NFRDI’s research and development thrust in building and ensuring sustainable fisheries in the country. The DA chief also bared his plans in putting up NFRDI research headquarters, including laboratories outside Metro Manila, to improve services.
Additionally, USec. Caballero encouraged everyone to serve with the utmost integrity and “spread out and see how their competencies can be put at best in the service of the community.”
Congratulations to all newly promoted and appointed NFRDI employees! May we all continue to work hard and uphold our agency’s vision, mission, and mandate with full honor and commitment. (IYCruz)