DSWD Western Visayas has new director

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ILOILO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Western Visayas has a new regional director – Ma. Evelyn Macapobre from the department’s regional office in Central Visayas or Region 7.

The turnover ceremony was held on Jan. 11.

Ilongga DSWD assistant secretary Rhea Peñaflor presided the turnover.

This is Macapobre’s second time to lead DSWD Region 6 which she also headed from 2013 to 2016.

She appealed for the cooperation of DSWD-6’s personnel and the people of Western Visayas in general.

Macapobre swapped posts with Director Rebecca Geamala who has been assigned to head DSWD Region 7.

One of Geamala’s toughest jobs in Region 6 was overseeing the welfare of people displaced by the six-month closure of Boracay Island from April to October last year for massive rehabilitation.

When Macapobre was DSWD-6’s director from 2013 to 2016, one of her biggest tasks was the relief and rehabilitation operation in areas devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda.”

Now, she said, her four main thrusts as come-backing director were the following: safety of DSWD-6 employees, respect among personnel, integrity in work, and teamwork.

“I’d like to promote a culture that ensures that we all go home safely at the end of the working day. Walang magpapatakbo sa office kung may mangyari sa atin,” said Macapobre.

She also stressed the importance of integrity and reliability in DSWD work.

“We will not have doubts signing those documents since we are assured na ‘yung mga tao na dinadaanan nito ay tinatrabaho nila ng mabuti at sigurado tayo na ang ating pipirmahan ay walang korapsyon,” said Macapobre.

The director emphasized, too, respect among co-employees for a harmonious working relationship.

“We must enjoy our work so that it will not seem as work. We are going to have fun working together,” said Macapobre. “We will not be working in competition with each other. We will be working in collaboration with each other.”/PN

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