It was a Saturday morning when the newly-appointed DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu made his first official visit to the ERDB office on July 29, 2017. Sec. Cimatu was warmly welcomed by ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado as well as the members of the ERDB Executive Committee, ERDB Employees’ Association and all the permanent and contractual employees.

Secretary Cimatu was accompanied by Undersecretary for Administration, Finance, Human Resource and Knowledge and Information Systems, Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr.; OIC Undersecretary for Field Operations and Staff Bureaus, Marlo D. Mendoza; Undersecretary for Climate Change Service, Atty. Ana Liza R. Teh; Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio, Jr., Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning, Corazon C. Davis; Assistant Secretary for Field Operations and Staff Bureaus, Nonita S. Caguioa; Biodiversity and Management Bureau (BMB) Director Mundita Lim, and Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Assistant Director Mayumi Quintos-Natividad and Director Rolando Castro.

During his address, he stressed that he will give importance on the following six areas of concern: Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Management Act, Greening Program, Biodiversity and Mining.

When asked regarding his stand on the mining issue, Sec. Cimatu said, “DENR will continue to fulfill its mandate. We have different bureaus implementing the laws mandated by the DENR.” The Secretary also mentioned and recognized the research sector for providing reliable and science-based information which he used to clarify and answer issues being asked from him.

Another question was on what the DENR employees can expect from him as the new DENR Secretary, Sec. Cimatu said, “In my tenure as DENR Secretary, will make it a point to give credit to whom credit is due. If you do good, then you will be a candidate for promotion.” He answered all issues and concerns raised during the forum and also assured his support for the ERDB’s request to retain the 67 coterminus with the incumbent (CTI) positions vacated by those who availed the early retirement during the rationalization plan.

During the visit, the Secretary took time to visit the ERDB facilities including the laboratories, bamboo and rattan gallery, ERDB nursery and the Los Baños Experiment Station. A video was also presented on the short history of ERDB including its ongoing projects and the ERDB’s organizational structure.

At the end of the short program, Director Adornado expressed thanks to the Secretary and the entire DENR senior officials for finding time to visit ERDB. He assured the full support of ERDB as research arm of the DENR to all programs of Secretary Cimatu. Marla V. Cambay, TTD