Aklan SP fetes outstanding diplomat

KALIBO, Aklan – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here will commend Dr. Juan Enriquez Dayang Jr. who is considered as one of the province’s “rising sons.”     

Dayang will receive the Resolution of Commendation during the SP’s 23rd Regular Session around 3 p.m. today.    

An accomplished youth leader, scholar and diplomat, Jed – as he is fondly called – is being honored by the provincial legislature for his promotion to Career Minister in the Foreign Affairs office that carries a senior rank in the diplomatic service which was noted by the legislative body on its Resolution No. 2019-218 dated Nov. 4.

Dayang’s diplomatic stints included assignments in South Korea and Czech Republic and consular travels to Asia, North and South America, the Middle East, and Africa. His pursuit of leadership advancement and educational progression brought him to various countries across the globe, leaving impressive marks in his engagements there.

“My talent, if it be a talent, is to have a global vision of local problems. You can no longer be provincial or parochial in the way you see things. You should have a bigger picture of each issue. So, my feeling as a young person, who has traveled abroad and knows about the global changes that are occurring, is I should participate in making our own youth aware of them,” Dayang said during an interview by the late National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin years earlier.

Prior to his promotion, Dayang has been assigned as Minister and Consul and as Charge D’ Affairs of the Philippine Embassy in Prague.

The Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) Office of Intelligence and Security is the department’s primary point of contact with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other Philippine law enforcement agencies (LEA) with the intelligence community on matters related to security.

Under the DFA’s Office of Intelligence and Security is the Diplomatic Security Unit which was established in 2012 as part of the Diplomatic Security and Foreign Liaison Section.

With his appointment, Dayang will serve as the focal person in coordinating with responsible units of the PNP and other LEAs in fulfilling the Philippines’ obligations in accordance with the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations with regards to the security of the diplomatic missions and international organizations.


Dayang, who was the 2014 Outstanding Young Aklanon and nominee to the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines in 2013, marked a colorful career in Foreign Service.

From Foreign Service Officer IV in 2000, he made his way to the top after passing several key positions such as Acting Director of the Northeast Asia Division, Office of the Asia-Pacific Affairs; Consul of the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, Korea; Special Assistant of the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs; and Director of the Division 1st Summitry and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Coordinating Council of the Office of the ASEAN Affairs.

He obtained his Doctor of Diplomatic Studies, as a scholar, at the Australian National University in 2012; Master of Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma in 2009; and Master of Business Administration at Kyung Hee University, also as a scholar in Korea in 1996.

The son of veteran journalist Juan Dayang Sr. and Ofelia Enriquez of Carcar City, Cebu – Jed has built a reputation as a globalist, organizer and social mover. Since earning a leadership certificate from the United Nations University in 1997, he has extensive exposures to initiatives on international migration, anti-trafficking and peace studies.(With a report from Jethro Laserna/TodoRadyo/88.5FM/PN)


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