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.


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DENR 6 ready for ICC 2019

Every 3rd Saturday of September, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) participates in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health, in order to get rid of trash, provide information and raise environmental awareness.

With this year’s theme: “Battle for Litter-Free Seas”, the ICC will be conducted on the 5-kilometer coastal stretch from Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo to Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City, which aims to clear the coastline from non-biodegradable litters.

As an expected output of ICC 2018, stakeholders had a better appreciation of the importance of dedicating efforts to have a trash free-seas, coasts, and other significant water bodies. In addition, 5-kilometer, a 16-kilometer stretch of 24 coastal barangays will be cleaned up with the coordination of the city government, covering all coastal barangays in the city. Thus, a total of 21-kilometers are up for coastal cleanup on September 21, 2019.

Furthermore, the DENR 6 chief encourages more volunteers to participate in this yearly event in saving our oceans.

This International Coastal Clean-up and other cleanup activities only show us the pressing need to properly manage our wastes and not allow it to end up polluting our coastal and marine waters. We are looking forward to a stronger participation and involvement from the stakeholders to implement the proper solid waste management at the household level,” DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said.

“The battle for litter-free seas will never end. This will continue until we all manage our trash, until we see no more trash in our coastal areas and seas,” he added.

Last year, a total of four hundred ninety seven (497) trash bags with an estimated of 3,496.3 kilograms were collected by the 1,242 volunteers during the cleanup along the 5-kilometer coastline stretch from Arevalo District to Molo District. Among the top ten collected garbage were: 1. Food wrappers (7,047); 2. Plastic grocery bags (3,858); 3. Other plastic/foam packaging (3,733); 4. Tiny Plastic Pieces  (3,357); 5. Other Plastic Bags (3,101); 6. Straws/Stirrers (2,982); 7. Shoes/Slippers (2,723); 8. Tiny Foam pieces (2,170); 9. Cigarette Butts (2,097); and 10. Take out containers (1910).

Efforts to clean-up the oceans are in line with DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s thrust to promote clean water and strengthen compliance to the provisions outlined in the Clean Water Act.

            Other interested parties who wished to join this international event as volunteers could visit DENR Western Visayas facebook page, and leave a message or may opt to call DENR 6-CDD Tel. no. 5034687 or 09465647013.


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