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Press Release/November 24, 2021

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco T. Duque III has designated Ariel Valencia, Director IV of the Supply Chain and Management Service as the new Regional Director for DOH – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) effective November 22, 2021.

In a simple ceremony today, Director Valencia received the symbolic key of responsibilities and acceptance from outgoing Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo whose term of service ended last November 20, 2021, completing 39 years with two extensions of service and with nine regional offices.

Valencia stated that he is looking forward to serve and provide his expertise in the prime region of the country. “Kailangang mapanatili natin ang magandang serbisyo at mapabuti pa ang serbisyong pangkalusugan na kailangan ng ating mga kababayan sa mga probinsya ng CALABARZON.

“Together with the DOH-CALABARZON family, our local government partners, private and public stakeholders, we shall take up all the challenges and deliver all the needed health services to our people,” he stressed.

Valencia served as Regional Director in four regions – the National Capital Region (2014-2018), Western Visayas (2008-1012), CARAGA (2012-2013) and MIMAROPA (2013-2014) where he implemented successful programs and projects of the department through careful and strategic coordination with the different stakeholders and the local government units.

Before becoming the director of the DOH-Supply Chain and Management Service, he was the Acting Deputy Director for Field Regulatory Operations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014 where he advocated for the implementation and enforcement of the FDA’s police power through the Regional Cluster Operations for the field inspectors and the Regulatory Enforcement Unit (REU) based on Republic Act 9711 and established Integrity Management Committee (IMC), with the objective of raising awareness and reducing the risk areas of corruption within the agency.

He has 29 years of public service which began in 1992 as a medical officer for the province of Rizal and then became the municipal health officer of Taytay (1992-2004) before transferring to DOH as Medical Specialist II at DOH-MIMAROPA (Oriental/Occidental Mindoro. Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) and then later assigned as an executive assistant (2005-2007).

Valencia said that all health programs and projects that were initiated in the region will be continued.

Marami tayong magandang programa sa rehiyon at ito’y ramdam ng mga tao. Dahil ito ang dapat. Hindi lamang ito ay maganda, ang importante ito ay nararamdaman ng bawat tao na siyang magbebenipisyo sa mga ito.”

“Iba ang pakiramdam na ang puso at paglilingkod natin ay nasa tamang. That is why we will continue to be agents of continuous change to affect good health to all,” Valencia assured.

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Outgoing Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo hands over the ceremonial key of responsibility and acceptance to incoming Regional Director Ariel M. Valencia during today's turn-over ceremony held at the regional office in Quezon City.

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Outgoing Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo endorses the various ongoing projects to the new Regional Director Ariel M. Valencia who assured that all plans for the development of the region's health care system will be carried out for the benefit of the people of CALABARZON.