The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. IV (CALABARZON) announces the retirement of Regional Director Samuel T. Paragas, who has devoted 43 years of service to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

RD Paragas began working with the Bureau as a Mining Engineer in what was then the Bureau of Mines in 1977 and was later promoted to Sr. Mining Engineer in 1985. Shortly after, he was promoted to Engineer IV, first assigned to DENR Region IV in 1988, then later transferred to Region I in 1992, this time serving as the Officer-in-Charge, Regional Technical Director (OIC, RTD). He then served as an Engineer IV in the DENR Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and then in the DENR Central Office in 1993.

In 1994, RD Paragas attended Nottingham University in the United Kingdom and graduated with degree of Master of Science in Mineral Resources Engineering and Management in 1995. He then returned to serve as the OIC, RTD in the DENR Regional Office No. II. He was then conferred in 1996 as a Career Executive Service Officer (CESO IV) before he was promoted as the Director and Regional Technical Director of the MGB Regional Office (RO) No. II in the same year.

In 2004, he was the topnotcher of the 2nd Resource Management Course (RMC) organized by the DENR. In 2008, when he was still the Director of MGB RO No. I, he was given the Outstanding Performer award by the Career Executive Service Performance System (CESPES). He was given the same award again in 2012 when he was already the Director of MGB RO No. IV (CALABARZON).

He was appointed as the Director of the DENR RO No. IV (CALABARZON) and MGB RO No. III in 2017. He returned as the Director of MGB RO No. IV (CALABARZON) in the same year. In 2019, he was accredited as a Competent Person (CP) in Mining Engineering and Management by the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM).

Shortly after his retirement in December 2020, he turned over the mantle in a ceremony held in the MGB CO on January 4, 2021 to Mr. Dondi M. Sarmiento, who is now the OIC, Office of the Regional Director of MGB RO No. IV (CALABARZON). The Bureau sincerely acknowledges RD Paragas for his dedication to service to the public, and extends its best wishes.

RD Samuel T. Paragas turns over the mantle to OIC, Regional Director Dondi M. Sarmiento

Turn over ceremony with Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano.

By : Engr. Patrizia S. Benedicto        |        11 January 2021