DENR-Region 13

Cimatu to Alicer: Plant Taguibo watershed with endemic species  

R13 Taguibo watershed web



Secretary Roy A. Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has installed on Thursday (Feb. 8, 2018) Atty. Felix Sagomez Alicer as the new Regional Director of the DENR Regional Office 13, ( Caraga ) with a tall order to solve the issues on mining, timber poaching and the rehabilitation of the Taguibo Watershed in Butuan City which is the source of potable water of the residents.

“This is you marching order. The Taguibo Watershed must be planted with rich endemic species to improve the supply of water,” Cimatu told Alicer during the turn-over rites held at the DENR 13 Learning Center in Barangay Amabago, Butuan City.

Alicer replaced OIC, Regional Director Charles E. Fabre, who is assigned as PENRO of Negros Oriental province based in Dumaguete City.

Fabre had been requesting the top management to reassign him back as PENRO in Dumaguete City to be close to his family.

On the other hand, Alicer told the personnel of DENR-Region 13: “I am not expecting the personnel to love me but I will try to teach them to love me so that together we can move in harmony and accomplish the tasks ahead of us.”

His message drew applause and approval from the audience, that even Secretary Cimatu described him as “a versatile speaker”.

Meanwhile, Cimatu noted that the DENR is “weak” in the enforcement of environmental laws. “We have the forestry and mining laws in place. We have the Clean Air Act, Solid Waste Management, laws on pollution, laws on bio-diversity but these existing laws need to be enforced and strengthened to protect our environment and natural resources,” he said.

He also reminded the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) in the region of their important role in the enforcement of environmental laws. “Our performance will depend on you. If you fail, we all fail. I would rely more on the CENRO to carry on the tasks. You are at the frontline, the ones who should win the battle,” he said.

Secretary Cimatu said that he would strengthen the working force of the CENRO by deploying more personnel and hiring of more lawyers to assist the field offices in the enforcement of environmental laws.

The DENR chief also said he wants to professionalize the career paths of the potential leaders who want to become CENR officer but should undergo one month rigid training at the DENR Training School in Caranglan, Nueva Ecija and pass the trainings and interviews before he can be appointed to the position.

Secretary Cimatu was accompanied by Undersecretary Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr. Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Mundita Lim, Director of Human Resource Development Service Rolando R. Castro , Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Atty. Michelle Go, and Director Montano among others. ###