Two seasoned PENRO placed in timber poaching “hot spots”

Butuan City- -Two seasoned provincial environment officers in   Region 13 (Caraga) were named to head the top environment posts in Surigao del Sur and  Agusan del Sur in what DENR officials described as fit  to handle issues affecting the daily operation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). 


The revamp of key officials has been effected by the DENR 13 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer. The move is seen as a start of an impending reshuffle of PENROs and CENROs with emphasis on those officials who have served   a three- year service in their area, a policy being imposed by the DENR Secretary.  


CENRO Achilles Anthony C. Ebron was named to head the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Tandag, 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 to him by RED Alicer during a recent environment program.


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

“I have consulted the DENR Assistant Regional Director for Management Samuel C. Danganan and the Assistant Regional Director for Technical Ben Ali B. Dacampong and we are in accord that PENRO Agusan del Sur needs a seasoned manager to handle sensitive issues”, RED Alicer said.


He said, the management agrees therefore that PENRO Concha needs to be reassigned at PENRO Agusan del Sur. The incumbent Officer-in-Charge, Jerome Albia, however, was given a tough task after he was assigned to head the CENR Office in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur. 


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


 In his farewell remark, PENRO Concha thanked all his staff and employees who have worked with him in three years which contributed to a big factor in the bid of the DENR Region 13 for Performance –Based Bonus (PBB) top choice. 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. 


OIC 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.

By: Herzon F. Gallego

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