"I cannot do this alone, President Duterte cannot do this alone. We need all hands on deck," Cimatu said in a speech after the DENR leadership was formally transferred to him by outgoing Secretary Gina Lopez.

The new DENR chief specifically mentioned "the men and women of the DENR from the senior officials at the central office to the rangers, foresters, geologists and even janitors on the ground."

He also mentioned the various clients of the DENR, including big and small businesses and all households, as well as agency's international partners.

"We have to work together as a team. With teamwork, we can do so much more in accomplishing the critical responsibilities we carry on our shoulders," he pointed out.

According to Cimatu, his appointment to the DENR has caught him "completely by surprise."

In a gesture of humility, Cimatu asked that he be given time to fully grasp the DENR and all its functions.

He admitted that the DENR is a completely different field for him since he has been known as a former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and later as special envoy for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

"Here I am wading in into a field far removed from soldiery. That is why you will please excuse me if I ask that I be given time to scan and study the terrain in an agency which impacts considerably on our very life as a people and the future of our beloved Philippines," Cimatu said.

Meanwhile, Cimatu was all praises to Lopez, saying he wished he could approximate her passion for the environment.

He described his predecessor as a "very passionate and ardent advocate of environmental protection and inclusive growth."

The former military chief said his entry to the DENR was "even more challenging" as it came right after the "very heated confirmation debates" involving Lopez.

Nevertheless, Cimatu said he will try to do his best as "President Duterte's point man in the daunting task of protecting our environment in all its forms."

He vowed to promote the "wise and proper use" of the country's natural resources "for the public good." 

Prior to his appointment as DENR Secretary, Cimatu served as the 29th AFP chief of staff in 2002.

In the 1980s, Cimatu was sent to Northern Panay as Batallion Commander in Aklan province, which was then under the heavy influence of the New People’s Army (NPA).

At that time, the highway of the northern towns, especially in Ibajay, was heavily infested by the NPA. The highway was also a gateway to the present-day Boracay Island, to which his successful efforts to clear the area from threats led to the development of the top tourist destination spot in the country today.

He also became a Brigade Commander in Davao, Cotabato, and Sarangani, where he was promoted as a one-star general after his troops successfully rescued four hostages kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf. ###


  • DENR 8 joins PH Haiyan’s Regional Climate Change Conference
    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 supported the recently conducted 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference spearheaded by PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission. The event aimed at raising the awareness of the youth and urging them to become more actively involved in efforts to address the causes and impacts of climate change was attended by around eight hundred fifty (850) students from across Eastern Visayas.


Photo Releases

Director Arleigh J. Adorable assumed office as new Regional Director of DENR region 8. His assumption to duty was witnessed by Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Visayas Marcial Amaro, Jr., Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Carlito Tuballa, ARD for Management Service Arturo Salazar, MGB RD Raul Laput, EMB officer-in-charge Maribel Munsayac, and DENR 8 PENROs and CENROs. In his message, RD Adorable enjoined the DENR 8 workforce to work hand-in-hand as one family, saying "together, we shall achieve more".

RD Arleigh J. Adorable delivers speech during the Environmental Summit 2017 hosted by Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 8 with the theme: "Ako, Ikaw, Tayo ang Kalikasan"

Beneficiaries jubilantly display their Land Titles with Cong. Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento, RD Arleigh Adorable, ARD Carlito Tuballa and other government officials.

RD Arleigh J. Adorable delivers his message during the launching of Mount Nacolod Local Conservation Area (LCA) and MOA signing between the DENR, LGU and People's Organization held in Silago, Southern Leyte last November 09, 2017. Mt. Nacolod is one of the nine piloted LCAs in the country. It is home to 229 flora species, mammals, and diverse set of birds, including the Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematurupygia), the Visayas wattled-broadbill (Sarcophanops samarensis) and hornbill.

RD Arleigh J. Adorable (middle) visits the mangrove nursery of Barangay Burayan in San Jose, Tacloban City during a mangrove planting activity held in the area which was participated by DENR employees and the local community in celebration of the Environmental Awareness Month, Climate Change Consciousness Week, and the Clean Air Month (also in photo, Brgy. Chairman Jan Michael De Veyra (left) and ARD for Technical Service Carlito M. Tuballa (right)).

RD Arleigh J. Adorable delivers his message during the National Land Administration and Management System (LAMS) 3rd Quarter Assessment which was hosted by DENR Region 8. LAMS is an information system designed to provide effective management of land records and efficient delivery of land transactions and information services to the public.

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