R1 RD Turn-Over

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu installs a New Regional Director in Ilocos Region


San Fernando City, La Union - Nothing is permanent except change.  This was manifested during the recently held Turn-over Ceremony at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 1.  The Outgoing Region 1 Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. was succeeded by the former Region XII Director Reynulfo A. Juan.

The change in the leadership in DENR Region 1 came about last January 15, 2018 by virtue of DENR Special Order No. 2018-27 signed by Sec. Roy A.  Cimatu

Outgoing Region 1 Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. wholeheartedly welcomed the change of command as he is pretty sure that he will become a vital part of the DENR in combatting the problems in the mining sector.  He was thankful to the Secretary for the trust and confidence given to him.

Incoming Region 1 Director Reynulfo A. Juan, likewise expressed his gratitude to Sec. Cimatu and the whole DENR Officialdom for entrusting to him to lead DENR Ilocos Region.  He promised to pay forward through sincere, fast and efficient service to his father’s birth region, as his dad hails from Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

During the turn-over rites, Sec. Cimatu underscored that the change in leadership does not mean a non-performance of the outgoing Regional Director but he found a better position for RD Moreno who is a Mining Engineer whom the Secretary stated that he (RD Moreno) can be an asset in the agency’s efforts in mining.  Likewise with the incoming Regional Director Juan who is a Geologist by profession will be a huge help in the dwindling water 

production in Region 1.  The DENR Chief likewise expressed his high hopes in the leadership of the new Region 1 Director as he has shown his clout in serving the government for the last 41 years.

Sec. Cimatu highlighted in his keynote speech that “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  Translating it to the government’s efforts in the environmental issues and concerns especially in strategizing to neutralize the enemies of the environment and natural resources.

After the ceremonial rites, the DENR Officials visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in La Union as Sec. Cimatu promised that he will strengthen the capacity of the PENROs and CENROs to sustain the best service to the Filipinos.  (RPAO)





The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with the Green Convergence (GC) organized the 2nd Philippine Environment Summit, with the theme “Mainstreaming Innovations for Sustainable Development” held last February 20-22, 2018 at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City

Around one thousand (1000) partakers came from the academe – educators and students alike, environmental NGOs, from other sectors – church, business, media, and government – national and local. It was a clear demonstration of greening together, growing better, as envisioned by the convener of the event, Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Economy.


An Inter-religious invocation and the San Diego Sinulog Dance Troupe started the day. They were followed by the opening remarks and keynote address from the representatives of the two convenor organizations – Dr. Angelina Galang, President of Green Convergence and Honorable Secretary Roy Cimatu of the DENR.


Dr. Angelina Galang asked all to work together to achieve the triple bottom line: social justice, economic progress, and ecological integrity. And called on the students to allow their youthful optimism to carry forward these aims on a personal basis by enhancing their awareness and understanding of the environmental impacts of their personal choices. In conclusion, Dr. Galang alerted everyone to actively participate in developing resolutions that will help mainstream innovations to be presented during the Summit.


Hon. Sec. Cimatu shared successful projects of DENR in nine (9) environmental areas, namely: solid waste management, ecotourism, national greening program, water quality, geo-hazard assessment and mapping forest protection, coastal and marine conservation, biodiversity conservation and air quality. He also shared updates on the BORACAY rehabilitation projects and expressed our department’s commitment to support and implement the administration’s target of Boracay clean-up in six (6) months.


Beyond the enforcement of environmental laws, we also need the direct and mass participation of the citizenry in accelerating reforestation, in coastal cleanups, in conserving energy, and in popularizing lifestyles that will enable us to reduce our carbon footprint and enhance our resilience,” Sec. Cimatu said.


The environment summit aims to mainstream innovations and program to promote sustainable development for the environment. It calls the government and every Filipino to unite to build a strong network for the environment’s conservation and protection.


Sen. Grace Poe talks on the right of every Filipino to live in a safe environment and the initiatives of the Senate in promoting a balance ecology during the last day of the summit.


“Importante na ipaglaban natin ang karapatan ng bawat mamayan,” Sen. Poe said.

            Green convergence was convened as a multi-sectoral, non-stock, non-profit civic organization for environmental concerns organized to promote synergy of networks, non-organizations, and individuals, in the interest of building a critical mass of citizens that understand the inter-connectedness of issues of food, environment, and sustainable economy. Green convergence also believes that education as the most effective means for confronting the challenges of the future, thus, education shapes tomorrow’s world. (RPAO)

Photo Releases

Former Mayor and now consultant Eddie Guillen (l) of Piddig shows to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and Region 1 Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. the map of the Lammin Coffee Plantation during the cabinet secretary’s visit here on June 2, 2017.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visited his hometown in Ilocos Norte recently and made a side trip to Piddig, where he met with local officials to gain more insights on the ongoing development of the town’s model project under the national convergence initiative on coffee farming.

A Serpent Eagle was recently rescued from the Eco-Trail of Holcim Phils. Located in Quirino, Bacnotan, La Union last July 21, 2017.  The said eagle was allegedly trapped at a cage which Holcim provided to feed some 20 species of migratory birds gliding within the area.  It was found that the said eagle could not make its way out from the cage, reason for the workers to save the struggling eagle from being trapped.  Spilornis Cheela is the scientific name of the Crested Serpent Eagle which was named “Kailian,” coined from the local term of “Kababayan or Kabayan.”  Holding “Kailian” during the ceremonial release on July 25, 2017 are Bacnotan Mayor Francis Fontanilla (on blue collared shirt) and Holcim Plant Manager Eraño Santos.  Looking on are DENR1 representatives, Wildlife Handler Joe Nullar, Enforcement Division Chief Atty. Arlene Buduhan and Cora Pugal of the Wildlife Conservation Division.  DENR1-RePAO

DENR Chief Sec. Roy A. Cimatu as he turns-over the DENR1 Flag of Leadership to Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan while RD Paquito T. Moreno looks on (R)

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan delivers his acceptance speech during the Turn-over Ceremony

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan’s smile shows a sincere commitment in upholding the DENR mandate

The Officials on the Presidential Table (L-R) LMB Dir. Atty. Emelyne Talabis, BM Francisco “Kit” Ortega Jr., EMB1 RD Ma. Victoria Abrera, DENR1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan, ASec. Marcial Amaro, Jr., DENR ARD-TS Gwendolyn Bambalan and MGB1 RD Carlos Tayag.

DENR Assistant Secretary Marcial C. Amaro Jr. enjoins the participants to identify activities that will put a stop on destructive activities along the coastlines of Ilocos Region.

Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Leopoldo N. Bataoil manifested his support to the undertaking

RD Reynulfo A. Juan as he encouraged everyone to be part of the solution to the glaring environmental concern.

BM Kit Ortega highlights on educating the youth on the value of environmental protection

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