Sec. visit Calabarzon

DENR Calabarzon Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling (2nd from left), Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Atty. Arnel R. Rodriguez (3rd from left), and ARD for Management Services Arturo E. Fadriquela (rightmost) back Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (leftmost) as he delivers his speech during his surprise visit at the DENR Calabarzon office on November 9, 2017.


            Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu paid a surprise visit at the DENR CALABARZON Regional Office in Calamba City, as well as the DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Laguna on November 9, 2017.

          Cimatu was accompanied by his Head Executive Assistant Mario F. Chan and Senior Executive Assistant Jess Michaelangelo L. Duque; Director Gilbert C. Gonzales from the DENR Office of the Undersecretary for Field Operations; and Jasper Lumagbas from the DENR-Strategic Communications and Initiatives Services.

          In his impromptu speech, Cimatu explained that the party was supposed to go to the Bicol Region via airplane, however, they were not able to land due to the typhoon. Hence, the party decided to go and visit the Calabarzon office, instead.

           He said the date of their visit indicated also his sixth month as the Environment Secretary as he was appointed to the position by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on May 8, 2017.

          He shared that in the past six months, he had introduced a few changes in the department's organization. "Isa d'yan ay pinagbigyan ko ang halaga ng mga CENROs at PENROs. Mas malaki na ngayon ang organization natin lalo na sa mga probinsya kasi dito naman ang mga problema ng environment. Marami kasing problema ng environment na hindi napagtutuunan noon," he said. "Marami tayong batas na dapat i-enforce kaya kumuha tayo ng maraming lawyers," he added.

          He emphasized the need to strictly implement laws such as Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, which is under the mandate of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), a line Bureau of the DENR which has its own regional offices. Nonetheless, he told the DENR Calabarzon personnel, "kahit na hindi kayo nasa EMB, gagampanan pa rin ninyo ang inyong trabaho sa inyong mga sariling bahay."

          Cimatu also warned all of the officials and staff to avoid taking any illegal drugs. "Wala akong patawad d'yan. 'Pag nahuli kayong naggaganyan (taking illegal drugs), dismiss... walang second chance," he bluntly said.

          On the other hand, the fierce Secretary said he is not all about punishment but also for meritocracy. "Gampanan ninyo ang trabaho ninyo ng maayos, nao-observe naman namin kayo sa performance ng duties ninyo, may chance kayo na maitaas ang katungkulan," he said. About three months ago, Cimatu gave his highest commendation to Joselito Eyala, a DENR employee who was shot and wounded while apprehending timber poachers in Palawan province. Eyala was awarded as an "environmental hero" and was promoted from Forester I to Forester II.

          In his visit at the DENR-PENRO Laguna, Cimatu showed much enthusiasm and interest about the air and water quality of Laguna de Bay, and stressed the urgency to prioritize environmental management in the area.

          Secretary Cimatu and party were warmly welcomed by DENR Calabarzon Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling, Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Arturo E. Fadriquela, ARD for Technical Services Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez, the division chiefs and field office heads, and all other staff of the DENR Calabarzon and Laguna offices. 

Prepared by:

Communications Development Officer II

Reviewed by:

In-Charge, Regional Strategic Communication
and Initiatives Section


OIC-Regional Director


Scientists Support the Closed Season for Tawilis from March to April

Dr. Francis Magbanua, President of the Philippine Society for Freshwater Science (PSFS) stated their support regarding the declaration of the Tawilis as an endangered species and supports the ordinance issued by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) to implement the closed season of Taal Lake during March to April, including the implementation of a proper mesh size and establishment of sanctuaries.
Dr. Magbanua also emphasized the need for enforcement in the area. He reminded that not only it is a job for the DENR and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), but also for the Local Government Units and other stakeholders. He also called for the need for continuous monitoring of the Tawilis and the lake to see if the implementation is successful.
During the Tawilis Summit held on February 19, with the theme: “4TS: Talakayan Tungkol sa Tawilis at Taal”, the stakeholders of Taal Volcano Protected Landscape gathered at the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. The whole day event targeted to inform the public about the rationale and other related researches about the Sardinella Tawilis and Taal Lake. The summit provided the venue for stakeholders to discuss the current status and future management prescriptions to conserve the Tawilis population. Tawilis is the only freshwater sardine and can only be found in Taal Lake. According to a study of Reproductive Biology of the Tawilis done by Associate Professor Alicia Pagulayan, “Sardinella Tawilis breeds the whole year round with peak spawning activities from December to March and a less pronounced spawning during the months of July to October”.

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