2 top foresters placed in timber poaching ‘hot spots’

By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – Two seasoned foresters in Caraga region were named to head the top environment offices in Surigao del Sur and Agusan del Sur in what Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials described as fit to handle issues affecting the daily operation of the department.

(Photo from Herzon Gallego via DENR Caraga 13 Regional Office / Facebook)
(Photo from Herzon Gallego via DENR Caraga 13 Regional Office / Facebook)

The revamp of key officials was started this week by DENR 13 Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer.

The move is seen as a start of an impending reshuffle of provincial community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs CENROs) with emphasis on those officials who have served three years of service in their area, a policy being imposed by the DENR Secretary.

CENRO Achilles Anthony was named to head the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

A veteran forester, CENRO Ebron rose from the rank and served the DENR for more than 35 years. He is a recipient of the Regional Eagle Award, the highest Award of Excellence in the DENR Regional Office which was conferred on him by RED Alicer during a recent environment program.

Another veteran forester, Jose Flavio Concha, known for his style as silent achiever and likewise a recipient of an Eagle Award was named to head the PENRO Office in Agusan del Sur.

“Based on consultation with our regional officials including Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs), we were in accord that PENRO Agusan del Sur needs a seasoned manager to handle sensitive issues,” stressed RED Alicer.

PENRO Flavio will be reassigned at PENRO Agusan del Sur.

The incumbent Officer-in-Charge Jerome Albia was assigned to head the CENRO Office in Patin-ay, Agusan del Sur.

“It is necessary to effect a change in leadership at the front line to further boost the better performance of DENR Secretary Roy A.Cimatu in the remaining three years of his tour of duty in the DENR,” RED Alicer said.

Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur have shared big chunks of pie in the best performance in management among other regional offices in the country.

CENRO Albia said he was placed in an area where timber poaching and smuggling can pass through the roads and highways but expressed confidence he can equal the feat made by his predecessor in ridding the problem.

“I expected to effect change and with the support of the personnel at CENRO Bunawan, we can achieve more,” Jerome said.