NIA 7 gets veteran chief from Mindanao irrigation projects

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 07:37

TAGBILARAN CITY, August 19, 2017 (PIA) --The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) in Region 7 based in Bohol has a new regional manager in the veteran from five regional assignments throughout his 39 years in the irrigation agency service.

Here to replace Engr. Modesto Membreve, who has to be reassigned to Region IV-A, is a 63 year old native of Midsayap, South Cotabato, Engr. Ramon A. Bugacia.

It may be recalled that the NIA administrator Ricardo Visaya issued Memorandum Circular No. 52, series of 2017, which detailed the NIA Regional Leadership Map.

The memorandum acknowledged the recognized need for the regional irrigation managers to continuously enrich their repertoire of skills and knowledge to further enhance their leadership and managerial qualities.

The same memorandum also acknowledged the need to provide NIA field Officers the opportunity for growth and development, the administrator deemed it necessary to execute the rigodon of regional managers.

Engr. Bugacia, who has had Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and Masters in Professional Studies in Public Administration at the University of Southern Mindanao, first worked as an Agricultural Liaison Officer from 1978 and crawled his way into irrigators organization worker, to irrigators development officer after a decade.

Then he worked as supervising irrigators development officer from 1992 until he took assignments in 5 regional offices as regional irrigation manager from Midsayap, the critical assignment in to Sultan Kudarat, then in Koronadal before going to another assignment in Davao before going back to Region 12 be awarded Most Outstanding Manager.

His Mindanao assignments proved to be his test of fire as Engr. Bugacia skillfully orchestrated the completion of big ticket government irrigation projects, goading communities to help and iron out irrigation related issues while leading his team to effect multiplied agricultural productivity.

Honed by the struggles of working in a bureaucracy that handles major infrastructure projects and ripe with personal and selfish interests, Bugacia shared his best kept secret.

"In an organization, you must know how to position yourself," he confessed.

"I had been in several tight situations," he shared, adding that at times, when work promotion calls, "I had to be feted with a classmate."

Admitting he works as an honest man sure that at the end of the day, he can defend himself, Bugacia also said he is more or a performance based manager.

Fresh from an assignment in Region IV-B in Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, he said he wondered what was it that got him the Central Visayas assignment.

The NIA has been so used to transferring non-performing officials that he thought it was the case in his transfer.

Later did he realize that like all his transfer assignments, they opened lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth. 
Working in an organization that bears the tempting stain of kickbacks and grease, Engr Bugacia revealed: "I have to set the standards of doing things under my watch."

Used to operating a regional office with only three vehicles, he said he has learned to stretch his resources to accomplish and realize government service.

Now in Central Visayas with a fleet of assets and logistics, and a horde of manpower, Engr. Bugacia's wisdom after 5 regional manager assignments would be in for a test, and his battle scars and experience would be his only guide. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

By : Rey Anthony H. Chiu - Manager, PIA-Bohol Infocen.