Thursday, November 5, 2009

Alamban appointed science and technology chief for north Mindanao

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Science and Technology Secretary Estrella Alabastro announced the appointment of Alfonso Alamban as the new regional director of DOST in region 10, effective October 27, 2009.

The 52-year-old new head is Agriculture, cum laude graduate from Xavier University. He took his master’s degree in Business Management from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) with concentration on rural development and marketing management.

Director Alamban’s expertise is on the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), public economic enterprise development and business plans, “halal” industry development, product and city branding, internal quality control system, product standardization, investment packaging, consumer survey management, value chain analysis management, investment promotion and packaging.

His knowledge and skills in these areas would be very advantageous to his position as the new head of DOST in region 10.

Prior to his appointment as regional director of DOST, Dir. Alamban has worked for a number of offices and organizations.

He started his career working for the Small Business Assistance Center in region 10, a government agency under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). He was then appointed Provincial Director of the DTI-Misamis Oriental and eventually became the Assistant Regional Director of DTI in the region until he retired in June 2003.

When he retired from DTI, he worked as a consultant / national expert for the Industrial Development Programme for Income and Employment Generation in Mindanao of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

He also served as Senior Program Officer for the Philippine Development Assistance Programme-Promoting Rural Industries and market Enhancement (PDAP-PRIME), a project of the Canadian International Agency (CIDA).

He also worked for the Mindanao Rural Development Program-Adaptable Program Loan 2 (MRDP2) as Livelihood / Enterprise Development Specialist.

Concurrent to his consultancy job with the other international organizations, including government and private offices, he serves as the Executive Director of Xavier University Agricultural Training Research, Advocacy, Consultancy and Services (Agri-TRACS), a position he held until June 2009.

During his first meeting with the DOST-10 staff where he was formally installed, Director Alamban thanked DOST Secretary for the trust and confidence she has bestowed on him.

“For me, that’s a challenge, and an inspiration to work hard, to be able to deliver results as expected of us by the clients of DOST Regional office,” he said.

He said to his staff, “I look forward to working closely with you. My greatest motivation is to do a good job. As an organization, we can do that if we are united and as we work together, we also have to look at the needs of our clientele.”

He also added that his specialization is on rural development management, and in marketing development.

“Because I come from the government, I believe that we focus and look at the rural areas as means of developing the country and the economy. Also, government agencies should strengthen the marketing of their services. Combining the two areas, I believe we could deliver the results as expected of us by our clientele.”

He also expressed his high hopes as the new head of DOST-10. “Together, as we work, we strive to be able to deliver more innovations for our clientele. I understand that one of the challenges that confront us right now is to think out of the box. I would like to emphasize the need for us to inject more innovations into our plans and efforts, especially that science and technology is the source of innovation,” he stressed.

“DOST-10 should lead in providing innovations into the plans, not only within DOST but with the inter-agency bodies as well. Innovation is the key in order to develop further. We can improve on client servicing. We have to project an image of being an agency that intimately knows the face of its client,” Director Alamban said. (Tess Superioridad Baluyos)

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