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


DENR Calabarzon, on alert for Ompong


          Power outage and water disruption. These are the expected consequences of the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, estimated to make a landfall on the northern portion of the Philippine islands in less than 24 hours.

          In preparation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) is calling for volunteers to help.

          DENR Calabarzon Assistant Director for Technical Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela said the plan is to prepare their field personnel for two packaged services. The first package is to provide chainsaws with skilled operators and porters, and the second one is to deliver fully-charged generator sets.

          Fadriquela, the designated captain for the relief and rescue operations, said they will be in close coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) should their services be needed.

         “Kapag ang hiningi sa atin ay tumulong sa clearing ng area, ang gagawin lang pagpasok sa kalsada, may nakaharang (na puno) itabi, putol, itabi… Wala nang retrieval ‘yon, saka na ‘yon kasi mabilisan ‘yon e. Kailangan kasi ma-clear ‘yung daan para makapasok ang serbisyo, pagkain, tubig,” Fadriquela said.

          He also said they are looking into the possibility of providing go bags to the affected communities, and warm bodies to be of aid in other services. “Kung hindi naman apektado, maging available din ang mga tao natin kung saka-sakaling i-deploy sa mga repacking,” the assistant regional director said.

          “We would like to have an inventory of standby generators and water tanks that people can lend and we can mobilize in areas of greatest need so we are calling on people to let us know if they have one we can borrow” added DENR Calabarzon Director, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna.

          With regard to the potential garbage accumulation, Luna said “we aim to have as close to a zero waste operation as possible because trash mounds in disaster areas turn into breeding places of pests and germs”.

          The relief and rescue operations are part of the Tayo ang Kalikasan program of the department.

          Willing volunteers may contact the DENR regional office through hotline numbers 09202068610 and 09553912684, email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Facebook page @denr4aofficial.

          The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) has raised public storm warning signal no. 1 for the entire region.

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