Bello appoints Jalbuena as DOLE Ilocos Region director

Date Posted: October 21st, 2016 05:40 PM

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III welcomed Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena as he takes over the leadership of the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office No. 1.

 

Regional Director Jalbuena formally accepted the symbolic key of responsibility from former Regional Director Grace Ursua in a turnover ceremony held on 16 September at Hotel Ariana in Bauang, La Union.

 

The turnover ceremony was graced by Undersecretary Danilo Cruz, Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria Tango and Human Resource Development Service Director Violeta Munoz.

 

Also in attendance were DOLE-Regional Office No. 1 attached agency members and stakeholders composed of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, La Union Chamber of Commerce, Metro Dagupan Chamber of Commerce, Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines North Luzon Chapter, People Management Association of the Philippines-La Union Chapter, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Federation of Region 1, Occupational Safety and Health Network of Region 1, and senior staff and employees of DOLE-Regional Office No. 1.

 

In his message, Jalbuena conveyed his commitment to ensure that the regional office continues to be an efficient, responsive, purposeful, and accountable institution that serves the best interest of the public.

 

“Our national leadership has strong and good vision for our workers and their families, as well as for employers. As an organization, it is our duty to make that vision a reality in our region. As your new regional director, I am duty-bound to rally all of you and all our stakeholders to work together towards that vision,” he said.

 

Regional Director Jalbuena, who assumed office on 1 September, is not new in the region. He had served as DOLE Regional Office No. 1’s assistant regional director from September 2005 to September 2006; officer-in-charge of the office of the regional director from October 2006 to March 2010; and regional director from March 2010 to January 2012.

 

After his stint at the DOLE Ilocos Region, Jalbuena served as regional director at the DOLE-Cordillera Administrative Region from January 2012 until 31 August 2016.

 

“Being brought back here in Region 1 was unexpected, but I believe it is all part of a divine plan. Perhaps, I have returned here to complete a task I might have left undone in 2012,” the regional director said.

 

Regional Director Jalbuena is known for his out-of-the-box leadership style and his endearing platform of governance which is anchored on the highest standards of public service, continual improvement, adherence to existing laws and regulations, and good governance.

 

END/ALDM/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

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