The offices of the Department of Trade and Industry in Negros Oriental and Siquijor in the Central Visayas have new directors after the retirement of DTI-Negros Oriental head Javier Fortunato Jr.
Fortunato was succeeded by DTI-Siquijor director, NimfaVirtucio, who, in turn, will be replaced by Angeline Gonzales, the outgoing chief of the Consumer Protection Division of DTI-Negros Oriental.
ZenaidaMaglaya, DTI Undersecretary of the Regional Operations Group, and Asteria C. Caberte, DTI-Central Visayas Regional Director, led the turnover ceremonies at a hotel in Dumaguete City, Monday.
In their messages, Maglaya and Caberte lauded the accomplishments of Fortunato, who served the office for 37 years.
Both officials attributed to Fortunato the entry and now the continuing success of the Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing Industry and the strengthening and advancement of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Negros Oriental.
It was during Fortunato's stint that Dumaguete City, and later Negros Oriental, opened their doors to the IT-BPO industry, that had created thousands of jobs in the past several years.
In acknowledging Fortunato's contributions to the agency, Maglaya recalled “Jong” talking about IT-BPO and what Dumaguete had to offer at a time when nobody was talking about BPOs, except in Cebu and Manila.
However,Maglayasaid he kept saying that Dumaguete City had the elements, the factors, the schools, the infrastructure, but nobody was listening then, and that Fortunato really made a mark in his passion for IT-BPO.
Caberte said Fortunatowill always be a role model of the values that they have consistently shared through the years in the department.
“Very prominent is his strong manifestation and display of professionalism, integrity, and competence, among others,” she said.
Caberte assured that DTI-Negros Oriental will be in good hands under the leadership of Virtucio, whom she described as equally qualified and competent.
Virtucio had been provincial director of DTI-Siquijor for the past 13 years and before that, was a senior trade specialist in Bohol, Caberte said. She praisedVirtucio for not hesitating when told that she would be assigned in Negros Oriental as Fortunato's successor.
On her first address to the new chiefs of DTI-Negros Oriental and DTI-Siquijor, Caberte said it was a very good time to change guards because it was the beginning of the year.
“And we have very clear deliverables for them, coming from the head office, and of course, they will also have their own initiatives,” she added. *JFP/PNA
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