The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Region 9 conducted a Turnover of Key of Responsibilities Ceremony where DA-BFAR Assistant Director for Technical Services Isidro M. Velayo, Jr., MDM, former BFAR 9 Regional Director, officially handed down his duties and responsibilities to newly appointed Regional Director Al-Zath K. Kunting, RFP. The event took place at BFAR 9 Conference Hall, Thursday, March 16, 2023.

The mentioned ceremony marked the continuing leadership and management to reach even more successful feat of the bureau. RD Kunting, in his acceptance message extended his warmest gratitude to Assistant Director Velayo for the genuine support he receives that led him to where he stands today.

During the course of the ceremony, a tribute and heartfelt messages were delivered by BFAR 9 staff dedicated to AD Velayo, in recognition of his commitment, dedication, and passion he had devoted all throughout the years as a former RD, as well as appreciating the fellowship he has formed with his BFAR 9 family. These have made the ceremony even more momentous.

A speech expressed by AD Velayo, without a doubt, sparked inspiration to the BFAR 9 staff, as he reminisced those times on how he started his journey until he landed as AD. He also acknowledged the effort and hardwork of RD Kunting and BFAR 9 staff in pursuit of the bureau’s operation in the fishery sector. Further, the AD encouraged the staff to relentlessly support and be of assistance to the leadership of the new RD.