DENR 6 welcomes new Regional Executive Director


The DENR region 6 warmly welcomes the new Regional Executive Director in the person of Francisco E. Milla, Jr., formerly assigned as National Task Force - Boracay’s Ground Commander. After the ceremonial turn-over of the DENR flag, a toast was made to welcome RED Milla to Region 6. Undersecretary Miguel T. Cuna, USec for Field Operations, officiated the turn-over. Right photo from left: Iloilo PENR Officer Raul Lorilla, ARD for Management Services Jesse L. Vego, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Visayas Marcial C. Amaro, RED Francisco E. Milla, Jr., Undersecretary for Field Operations Miguel T. Cuna, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Western Mindanao Jim O Sampulna, ARD for Technical Services Livino B. Duran, Regional Director for EMB Sophie T. Manuel, and Antique PENR Officer Andres T. Untal. /DENR 6




The leadership change has come in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas.

On January 10, 2019, Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco “Toto” E. Milla, Jr. was installed as the new RED for Region 6, replacing the now Assistant Secretary for Western Mindanao Jim O Sampulna. In warm welcome of the new RED, a toast was made led by Undersecretary for Field Operations Juan Miguel T. Cuna after the ceremonial turn-over of the DENR flag from the outgoing RED to the incoming RED. Also present during the event was Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Visayas, Marcial C. Amaro, Jr.

The planned change had been expected after Secretary Roy A. Cimatu gathered all Regional Executive Directors and senior officials to a New Year’s Call last January 4, 2019 at the DENR central office. During the meeting, he announced the much-anticipated re-assignments of officials in the Department.

Regional Executive Director (RED) Milla’s assignment was mandated by virtue of Special Order No. 2019-02 dated January 7, 2019. He was formerly assigned as the Ground Commander for Boracay in April 3, 2018 until his installation as the RED for Region 6.

RED Milla is a native of Bula, Camarines Sur and a distinguished graduate of Bachelor of Science in Forestry (1981-1985) from the University of the Philippines (UP) Los Baños where he received a UP Leadership Award. He was also awarded as Outstanding Bulaeño in 2010.

He began his career in government service as Forester I with the then Bureau of Forest Development (BFD) in Region 5 on August 1, 1985. From there, he rose in the ranks holding the positions of Senior Forest Management Specialist with the now DENR; Chief, Forest Management Specialist; as OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO); as OIC Regional Technical Director for Lands in Region 4-A; as Regional Director in Region 3; as Ground Commander of the National Task Force–Boracay; and now, as Regional Executive Director for Region 6.

As to Boracay’s ongoing rehab activities, RED Milla said he will give his full support to the rehabilitation to keep sustaining the gains of the task force in cleaning up the island.

In his acceptance speech during the turn-over ceremony, RED Milla said that having been assigned as Ground Commander in Boracay, he already considered himself as a member of the DENR Region 6 family. After all, he had been working with the workforce of the DENR Region 6 as well in carrying out the directives of the Secretary which resulted to the successful rehabilitation of Boracay Island.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed his desire to change regional key officials in the Department every three years. He further strengthened the unity in the Department by mandating the two line bureaus – the EMB and the MGB – to work closely with the RED.


DENR 6 conducts activities for World Wetlands Day 2019


In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducted a Bird Watching Activity in Barangay Tubigan, Zarraga, Iloilo last February 02, 2019.

The DENR CDD prepared the needed equipment including binoculars and telescopes for the students of Zarraga National High School to closely spot the birds. The students enjoyed the environment and were amazed seeing hosts of different species of migratory birds hovering and wading along the area.

Migratory birds sighted in the area were Black winged-stilt, Egrets, Heron and Moorhen.

After the Bird Watching Activity, the CDD team conducted a lecturette on climate change and the importance of wetlands. It was followed by a Poster and Slogan Making contest among students to showcase their creativity and skills. Also, an Environmental Photo exhibit was installed by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) for the students, showcasing climate change and birds found in wetlands.

“Wetlands and Climate Chang’ is the theme of the World Wetlands Day 2019. The theme demonstrate the important of wetlands  to mitigate the impacts of climate change and have a sustainable environment. It also has a sub-theme which states: “We are not powerless against climate change. Stop Draining Wetlands.

The activities aim to teach the youth to protect and appreciate wetlands in our ecosystem as they play a critical part in our natural environment for protecting our shores, reducing of floods, absorbing pollutants, improving water quality and serving as habitat for animals.

The Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla Jr. was happy to note that the birds seen in Brgy. Tubigan signify that there are abundant food and a comfortable climate for the migratory birds. Moreover, the DENR is hoping to continuously maintain our wetlands ecosystem for its valuable contribution in fighting the effects of climate change.

Scaling-up of coastal and marine ecosystem and clean water project are anchored on the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

Photo Releases

From left: PENR Officer Edgardo M. Rostata; Mayor Alfredo Marañon, III; Vice Mayor Narciso S. Javelosa, Jr.; and CENR Officer Rally Cagayanan signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during the turn-over of the tour guiding equipment given to Suyac Island Eco-Park Tourist Attendant Association (SIETAAS) and Molocaboc Island Reef Rangers Association (MIRRA) as beneficiaries of Sagay Marine Reserve./DENR 6–PENRO Negros Occidental.(More...)

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu taking a photo of the clustered STP designed by the Guangdong Xindayu Environmental Technology Co.during his latest ocular inspection in Boracay Island (left). DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. shows the tarpaulin which contain(More...)

DENR Secretary Roy. A Cimatu together with Regional Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. of DENR 6 conducts on-site inspection on the status of the on-going Malandog River Rehabilitation and Management project in Hamtic, Antique. / DENR(More...)

The DENR region 6 warmly welcomes the new Regional Executive Director in the person of Francisco E. Milla, Jr., formerly assigned as National Task Force - Boracay’s Ground Commander.

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