Youngest capitol head: 1st HNU doctor of management graduate

The provincial government’s youngest department head is also now the first graduate—and only product ever—of human resource management doctorate at the Holy Name University (HNU).

Anthony Rafols Damalerio, chief of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), not just even completed his degree of Doctor of Management (DM) major in Human Resource Management (HRM).

He graduated “benemeritus,” which means “very good” and is the graduate school’s equivalent to the undergraduate school’s magna cum laude.

Damalerio is among HNU’s newest 16 doctorate degree finishers who graduated last week, although the rest, 15 all, chose philosophy in educational management.

They were conferred honors while receiving their diplomas during the HNU 122nd Commencement exercises at the Barder Center of the university in Dampas, Tagbilaran City on March 22.

Damalerio’s thesis or dissertation, the “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Capabilities of Selected Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Province of Bohol,” earned him the benemeritus award.

A thesis or dissertation is a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree, notably doctorate degree, or professional qualification presenting the author’s research and findings.

It is a substantial paper typically based on original research and that gives evidence of the candidate’s mastery both of his own subject and of scholarly method.”

Further, Damalerio now joins the other office heads of the provincial government of Bohol who hold doctorate degrees.

Among them are Bonifacio Quirog of the Office of the Secretary, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP); Glenn Doloritos, Provincial General Services Office (PGSO); and Larry Pamugas, Office of the Provincial Agriculture (OPA).

Damalerio previously finished his degree of Master in Public Administration (MPA).

In addition to his PDRRMO function, Damalerio sits as member of the capitol Management Executive Board (MEB), Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and Bohol Competitiveness Council (BCC).

At the same time, he serves as head of the secretariat of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC).

He had been to foreign capability trainings on disaster risk reduction and management in Taiwan and Japan.

As PDRRMO chief, Damalerio likewise has oversight functions over capitol’s Local Government Affairs and Constituency Services (LGA-CS) Unit while supervising other governor’s sub-offices.

His PDRRMO mandate includes supervising authority over the province’s emergency response system, TaRSIER 117, and its extension stations in Jagna, Carmen, Ubay and, soon, Loon.

Holding the rank of a master sergeant, Damalerio is a reservist of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) and the head of the pioneering PAF reservist group in Bohol.

He is a younger brother of Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II and Provincial Board Member Abeleon Damalerio.

For trust and confidence, Gov. Edgar Chatto also entrusted to him the chairmanship of the capitol Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) until the provincial administrator reassumed last February.

Damalerio was the youngest provincial department head at 40 when the governor appointed him in 2016 to lead the PDRRMO.

The PDRRMO is the newest, youngest department of the provincial government of Bohol. (Ven rebo Arigo)






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