10th Regional Executive Director of the Department of Agriculture RFO 5


In the exigency of service, agriculture secretary Proceso J. Alcala has effected a re-assignment of regional directors and other top DA officials in some regional offices nationwide. In Bicol (region 5) Engr. Abelardo de Los Reyes Bragas with a position of Director IV has been assigned and designated as officer-in-charge , regional executive director vice Dr. Jose V. Dayao, Director IV, CESO Rank IV who has been re-assigned to the Office of the Secretary as Special Assistant.

The Special Order was issued last January 7 but Bragas reported to the DA regional office on January 14 and had his first meeting with the staff on January 14. Meanwhile, Dr. Dayao who is set to retire by April this year has requested secretary Alcala that instead of reporting to the Office of the secretary be retained at the DA-5 regional Office and continue performing functions that may be assigned to him while working on his clearances till April. Dayao's mandatory retirement is still in July but he has written secretary Alcala even prior to the re-assignment that he will be retiring by April.

Director Bragas who hails from Batangas is an agricultural engineer by profession and an alumnus of Gregorio Araneta Foundation. Prior to his assignment in Bicol he was designated regional executive director (Director IV) at Region IV-A. He rose from the ranks starting as Junior Soil technologist, to senior soil technologist at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management then as agriculturist II, senior agriculturist, supervising agriculturists, chief agriculturist then Engineer V at the DA in region IV-A.

Director Bragas is married to Melchy Moreno from Paloyon, Nabua, Camarines Sur and blessed with 2 sons and 1 daughter.

On his first meeting with the staff he urged the cooperation and support of everyone and said that he will continue whatever good policies and practices that are already in place but later if he sees there is a need to improve further then he will do so. He says he has the heart for the Bicolanos not only because he is married to a Bicolana and frequently comes for a visit but because he had worked with many hard-working Bicolanos some of whom had been his mentor as he was rising from the rank and has also developed deep friendships with most of them. (Emily B. Bordado)


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Dir. Bragas  initiates  DA “make over” and ensures 100% fund utilization (by: Emily B. Bordado)

In barely  a year since  he assumed as OIC- regional Executive Director, Engr. Abelardo R. Bragas has taken great  efforts to give the DA Bicol regional office  a “make over”  -  by way of  repairing, renovating,  rehabilitating  and improving facilities and structures within the  70-hectare compound.             “Government  offices and structures should  have a dignified  and  presentable appearance to make them more client- friendly,” says Dir. Bragas.  They should also be safe and functional, he adds.  Being an agricultural engineer Dir. Bragas makes sure  that the structures within the DA compound are  safe, sturdy, and functional.


Screen houses which were dilapidated were repaired   and   improved.  But some of them  which have been worn out and  not  in use  were knocked down  and the area  was converted into an open parking space.     The machinery shed  adjacent to the engineering  office  which used to house the  fishery research  staff  has been repaired and  improved  and will now be  the office of the regulatory division  which provides frontline services to clients.  The  Regional Agriculture Engineering Division office has likewise been repaired and expanded  while repair and improvement of the building which houses the Sugar Regulatory Administration office is on going.  The  building which used to house the  Pesticide Analytical Laboratory  managed by the BPI but which has now been abandoned  has also been rehabilitated    and will soon  be utilized as the office of the  property and procurement  section    and store house for office equipment and supplies.  Likewise, roofing  has been  constructed in between  this   building   and the motorpool.   The swampy area around it has already been filled up and the area connecting them has been concreted. The area has also been cleared of the unsightly pile of rusting and dilapidated  vehicles  which used to be dumped there.  Construction of  two  units of palay sheds  were also completed to ensure that  palay stocks are  protected  from the elements.  The warehouse for farm equipment  have also been  completed as well as the  filling up of the areas around it.  Repainting of various buildings  that is,  the administration building,  the  Regional Crop Protection Center, the Bicol Experiment  Station  have  also been completed giving them a more dignified  and  presentable   appearance. Repair of the various comforts rooms were also. undertaken. 

The vacant spaces in the vast experimental stations will now be optimally utilized  as he had instructed the  program coordinators to develop their respective areas  assigned to them.  Aside from the building and structures within the DA regional office compound, Dir. Bragas  also intends to rehabilitate and improve the structures and  facilities of the DA in its satellite stations in the provinces.  He says that DA outreach  stations  should serve as the showcase of latest and modern technologies  and therefore  the physical structures, facilities,   crops and animals stocks  should also be upgraded and of superior quality.  But more than improving the physical structures of the DA, Director Bragas is also  keen on improving the systems and procedures  in the office to  ensure efficiency and transparency.  Policies  and decisions  affecting the operations of the office are  discussed thoroughly  among the   senior officials, division/section chiefs, program coordinators and focal persons  in consultation with the officers of the employees association.  Management conferences would usually take more than 10 hours  as issues and concerns  are  exhaustively   deliberated until win-win solutions  are  agreed  upon.  Bragas also  makes  sure that all funds allocated to Bicol are fully utilized and none of them should be returned to the DA main office or the DBM.  He reasons out that: ”it’s very difficult to  request for funds, so whatever has been released for the region should  be used and spent here  so that it would   contribute to the region’s economy and benefit the Bicolanos.”