Ilocos Norte gets new DepEd superintendent

LAOAG CITY — The Ilocos Norte Schools Division has a new superintendent following the retirement of Dr. Araceli Pastor who recently turned 65 years old.

The Department of Education (DepEd) Region 1 confirmed Vilma Eda’s appointment as the new Provincial Schools Division Superintendent (PSDS) effective April 1, 2017.

Described by some mentors as the “iron lady” for withstanding challenges at the City Schools Division of Batac where she formerly served, Eda, 44, attended the flag raising ceremony on Monday as she met with employees at the Ilocos Norte Schools Division Office.

“It’s nice to be back,” Eda told her colleagues after the flag-raising ceremony on her first day of office as the new PSDS.

The former PSDS retired last December 2016 but the appointment for the new PSDS was marred by a controversy after Pastor filed for extension of her term for three months or until March 31.

“A woman of integrity who is so consistent with excellence in actions, values, methods, measures, principles, and outcomes. She’s not a boss but a true leader. A person who brings out the best in us, she always pushes us to move out from our comfort zones,” said John Paul Manuel Viernes, a teacher from Batac City who is one among those who congratulated Eda on her new appointment.

Eda is a native of Dumalneg, Ilocos Norte. She previously served as the Assistant Schools Division Superintendent at the DepEd Laoag City prior to her appointment as the Schools Division Superintendent of Batac City.

The new PSDS also studied Physics and Mathematics at the state-run Mariano Marcos State University, this city.