Jim O Sampulna

Regional Executive Director

Region VI




Jim O Sampulna officially assumed as Regional Executive Director of DENR VI on December 19, 2013, through Special Order No. 2013-745 dated December 16, 2013 signed by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr.,


RED Sampulna, a native of Cotabato City, holds a degree in Commerce with major in Accounting. He has earned Masteral Degrees on Professional Studies-Public Administration and Management (MPS-PAM) and Business Administration (MSBA).


He finished his doctorate degree majoring in Human Resource Management. RED Sampulna is also a graduate of Bachelor of Laws.


Rising from the ranks, RED Sampulna’s willingness to learn honed him more on his managerial and leadership skills augmented by his attendance in various national and international seminars and trainings which equipped him with thorough knowledge on Forestry, Environmental Management, Lands Management and Project Development among others.


He started his career as a Tree Marker in the then Bureau of Forest Development in 1977, and from there he had occupied various positions in government service that considered him as a man who “rose from the ranks.”


He then became the Regional Development Specialist Chief before he was promoted as the Planning Officer V which he held for seven years. He was also designated as RTD for Lands in Regions 1 and 12.


In 1996, Sampulna was promoted as Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer in Region 12 and held the position for five years where he was bestowed the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award.


In 2000, he was assigned in Region 1 as OIC-ARED for Administrative Services.


He was designated as OIC-RED of Region 12 in 2003, and became a full-fledged RED in 2004.


Sampulna has served the DENR in various capacities such as ARED for Administrative Services and ARED for Operations in Caraga, Butuan City; DENR-CARP Regional Coordinator, Pro-Poor regional Coordinator, Planning and Management Division Chief, and Internal Audit Division Chief in Region 12, among others.


RED Sampulna is also a recipient of various awards from DENR and other award-giving bodies.


He was conferred the Eagle Award, the highest and most prestigious award given to DENR key officials for outstanding performance; awarded the Most Outstanding DENR Employee; received a Plaque of Commendation from the Office of the President; and, earned an “Outstanding” rate in the Career Executive Service Performance Evaluation System of the Civil Service Commission for the past six years, among others.


RED Sampulna anchors his leadership on transparency, participatory governance, and public accountability in achieving the agency’s goals. He vowed to come up with initiatives to promote environmental protection and natural resources conservation in all local government units in Western Visayas.


Sampulna is married to Agnes Sampulna who is a nurse by profession and they are blessed with four children namely Jenessey, Jon Saad, Jim II and Jeffrey Ahmed.###


'Tropical Design' in Boracay Pushed

The Municipal Planning and Urban Design Guidelines Review Committee (MPUDGRC) created by the local government of Malay, Aklan under Executive Order No. 10 signed by then Acting Mayor Abram Sualog, mandates the review of plans for the construction of new structures or renovations to be done on buildings in Boracay Island, as well as the inspection of the progress of developments to ensure that they follow the island’s “tropical design” rules.

            The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) believes that the “tropical design” will be the new branding of the islands’ infrastructures to the tourism industry. Aside from this, the design that will be done on the existing buildings shall be environment-friendly while at the same time promote a local culture. Thus, this may add as an additional attraction in the island aside from its famous turquoise water and powdery-white sand.

The ordinance emphasizes the use of wood, bamboo, "stone elements," non-combustible thatched roofing, and earth-tone colors as exterior and interior paint for structures.

It also calls for the integration of design elements such as large windows to allow for natural lighting and cooling, high ceilings for better air circulation, tropical elements in building entrances, and landscaped areas with local/native trees and plants.

The guidelines also require the use of ancient script “Baybayin” as the main language for signages, with translations in English and other languages as needed.

The guidelines were issued a few months after the reopening of the island paradise in October. It was shut down for six months last year for rehabilitation, after President Rodrigo Duterte sounded the alarm on environmental degradation and overdevelopment on the island.

The DENR 6 is glad to hear such news, as it would support Boracay’s carrying capacity by using light materials instead of heavy-concrete one in building establishments at the island.  

Furthermore, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu noted that the whole rehabilitation keeps getting better during its first year.

The highest coliform level recorded for the past months was only 40 most probable number (mpn) per 100 milliliters. It passed the safe level of 100  mpn/ml for Class SB water that is suitable for swimming, skin diving and other recreational activities.

Aside from that, Secretary Cimatu also said that there is “no algae year-round”, indicating that the rehabilitation effort had paid off. Fifty one (51) establishments along the white beach now have their own sewage treatment plants (STPs) while others are now connected to the sewer line.

Meanwhile, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) celebrated a week-long “Sustainability Week” dubbed as #LoveBOracay, which is a celebration of the one year Boracay Closure. The activities run from April 26-May 1, 2019 and focused on the need to keep Boracay Island sustainable.  

Food fest, exhibits, drone festival, ocean jams, sustainable talks and clean ups were the activities done for the whole week.

            DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Fransisco E. Milla, Jr. said that aside from the branding design this may help the environmental concerns of the island. “This (tropical design) will help the island to breathe freely from heavy constructions. Aside from that, this will help ease the burden on the island’s carrying capacity and pollution, from air conditioned-concrete buildings in the island,” RED Milla said.


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