By Francis Wakefield
Former Customs Chief and retired Marine captain Nicanor Faeldon took his oath as the Deputy Administrator for Operations of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) at the Office of the Secretary of National Defense in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Tuesday, January 16.
The oath of service was administered by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and witnessed by Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration Assistant Secretary Kristoffer James Purisima, and other officers of the department.
Lorenzana urged Faeldon to bring new insights that would contribute to OCD’s development as the country’s lead Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) agency.
For his part, Jalad expressed confidence that Faeldon could help OCD in the effort to provide efficient service to the Filipino in line with the country’s DRRM advocacy
Purisima, on the other, said it was high time for the post of Deputy for Operations to be filled given that operations services are vital especially on the ongoing disaster operations for prevailing weather disturbances and Mayon Volcano.
In his speech, Faeldon thanked Secretary Lorenzana, Usec. Jalad and Asec. Purisima for their support. “OCD and our people at large can be assured that I will do my best to help OCD achieve its goals,” he said.
The oath-taking was conducted after the Office of the President issued the appointment of Faeldon last December 2017.
Faeldon will join Purisima as deputy administrators of OCD. He will be assigned in operations, a position created in 2016 as part of the expansion of the agency to address the growing demands of the country’s Civil Defense and Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) programs.