DENR 6 welcomes new Regional Executive Director

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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 Sec Cimatu pushes for Panay as PH Bamboo Capital

            Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu strengthens the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) by targeting 13,050 hectares to be planted with bamboos in Panay Island. He pushed for it to become the country’s ‘Bamboo Capital’ and this is one of his marching orders during his traditional New Year’s Call held at the Department Environment Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office in Quezon City.

          Bamboos help mitigate the effects of climate change as it can absorb 12 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per hectare each year, improving the quality of air in the country and help cool the temperature. It also has an extensive root system maintaining soil stability that intercepts rain preventing soil erosion and flashfloods that may occur during heavy rain and typhoons.

          During the New Year’s Call, Secretary Cimatu stressed the need to strictly enforce forest protection thereby increasing forest cover without losing the lives of our rangers. Illegal loggers should be punished according to the law thus, it should also be enforced, he pointed out.

          On the other hand, other programs were also given focus by Sec. Cimatu, especially on the region’s patents issuance that has now more than 4,000 hectares target on agricultural and residential patents.

          In this new decade, hopefulness and optimism springs to combat the environmental dilemmas happening in the country. The DENR also pursues its goals to implement and mandate environmental laws, programs and sustain rehabilitations by improving air quality based on the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 which mandates to control emission of hazardous, poisonous gases, and other air pollutants. The open burning must also be discouraged and make polluters pay through penalties, addressing solid waste problems through the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and programs that ensures protection of public health and environment by proper waste segregation, waste reduction and adaptation of zero-waste lifestyle, thereby also protecting the country’s water bodies from pollution and strategizing to protect water quality through Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

          Meanwhile, the government through the efforts of the DENR along with other national government agencies sustain the rehabilitation of Boracay and Manila Bay. Secretary Cimatu orders official and employees of the Department to conduct daily clean-up in the Manila Baywalk area and Baseco beach during the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

 

          “With all these plans, Secretary Cimatu is calling on each one of us to be proactive and seriously take by heart the Department’s mandate to responsibly take care of our environment and natural resources,” said Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

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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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