TACLOBAN CITY- Pedro Noval Jr. bids goodbye on August 10, 2016 (Wednesday) as the regional director of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for Eastern Visayas after 41 years in government service.
Director Noval, who rose from the ranks, said that his most fulfilling accomplishment is helping the region rise from the devastation of supertyphoon “Yolanda” on November 8, 2013.
To date, nearly 100% of the first batch of projects for repair of municipal and city halls, markets and civic centers has been completed, while more than half of barangay facilities have been completely rebuilt or repaired, with the remaining projects nearly completed.
Likewise, Director Noval assisted then-DILG Secretary Manuel Roxas in the relief and recovery efforts right after the typhoon.
He proudly notes that aside from looking after the rehabilitation of LGU facilities, he helped ensure that damaged office structures of DILG were not neglected.
A mechanical engineer, Noval supervised the rehabilitation of the DILG-8 regional office which houses the training center and Local Governance Resource Center in the second floor, motor pool, records room and supply room as well as construction of wellness center, guardhouse, power generator, dormitory, and the two-story DILG Leyte and DILG Tacloban City offices.
The employees’ dormitory will save the office funding in the long-term by providing field officers and central office staff accommodation instead of having to billet them in hotels.
Director Noval will be succeeded by Director Marivel Sacendoncillo, a native of Villareal, Samar.
Director Sacendoncillo will serve as director of DILG – 8 in concurrent capacity as Executive Director of the DILG Local Government Academy (LGA) to which she has been connected for 28 years. (PR)