USec. Bayate took an oath of office today, January 6, at the Department of Agriculture in Quezon City, administered by DA Senior Undersecretary Domingo F. Panganiban.
“It’s not really surprising because even if I was out of the service I have provided guidance to the staff and everyone. So, I take this challenge positively. Marami tayong challenges but with our grasp of the policy and taking into account the inputs of the stakeholders, we will be able to have a robust moving forward action,” she said.
USec. Bayate served as BFAR’s assistant director for eight years, from 2014 to 2022, alongside her concurrent position as an interim executive director at the DA National Fisheries and Research Development Institute from 2014 to 2019. She also served as a regional director of BFAR region 6 from 2006 to 2014.
Other officials who took an oath today include Undersecretary Agnes Catherine T. Miranda, Assistant Secretary Rex C. Estoperez, and four regional executive directors.