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The regional office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Iloilo City welcomed its new regional director “wholeheartedly”, assuring him of full support by the DENR family.

“We welcome RD (Roger) De Dios wholeheartedly in our region and will assure him that we will be with him through his journey here in Western Visayas. We are grateful that he will be sharing his expertise to make our region more responsive to mining concerns,” DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Jim O Sampulna said.

For his part, the new MGB chief said expressed his happiness to be assigned in Iloilo, as he feels “at home” because he understands the Ilongo dialect. De Dios hails from the neighboring province of Cebu.

During the turnover ceremony, De Dios immediately laid down his style of managing people. “I will never scold somebody because for me, we are all professionals. Few words are enough to let you realize when you make a mistake or you need to improve.”

He added that being in the government service for more than 35 years, he realized that “sometimes we cannot appease everyone. But we should serve the public properly.”

De Dios graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree of Mining Engineering from Cebu Institute of Technology. Prior to his new post, he was the regional director of MGB in Region 13 since 2012.

On hand to witness the turnover ceremony were DENR Assistant Secretary for Mining Concerns Nonita S. Caguioa, MGB Acting Assistant Director Atty. Danilo U. Uykieng and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 6 Regional Director Sophie T. Manuel. ###