Department of Agriculture Secretary William "Manong Willie" Dar administers the Oath of Office of Engr. Ricardo M. Oñate, Jr. as full-fledged DA Regional Executive Director. 

The simple oath taking ceremony was held on August 24, 2019 at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City as part of the Cacao Summit. Like Manong Willie, Director Oñate will also take the path as servant leader particularly in Davao Region. 

The recent appointment of Director Oñate comes at an opportune time when the agency embraces the new thinking for agriculture and adopts a new battlecry: Masaganang Ani at Mataas na Kita (bountiful harvest and increased income) for our farmers. 

Having served Davao Region as OIC-Regional Executive Director for the past three years, his solid experience and the partnership he has forged with LGUs and various agri stakeholders in the region will help him rise rise up to the challenge.