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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