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Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez
Regional Executive Director

 

Professional Profile

Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Banos College of Forestry with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Forestry and received her Masters degree in Management from the Bicol University Graduate School. She earned her Primary and Secondary Education from the same institution.

Krisma, as she is fondly called by friends and family, is an active member of the Rotary Club of Legaspi Central District, the Society of Filipino Foresters, and the Red Cross Youth Legaspi City Chapter.

In her youth, she was one of the chosen delegates to the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program International to represent the Philippines.

Rising from the ranks as Forester at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region V (DENR RV) from 2005, she is now the Regional Executive Director for DENR Region 9 Zamboanga Peninsula after a short stint as Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB). She held various positions in the Regional office as Ecosystems Management Specialist; Development Management Officer; Assistant Technical Director; and as OIC Regional Director. Prior to joining the DENR, she was a part-time Instructor at the Bicol University, College of Agriculture and Forestry.

Among her remarkable accomplishments in her long stint at the DENR Region V, is initiating the Online Document and Records Tracking System, and Strengthening the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) by prioritizing its capacity building needs and providing the much-needed equipment for RPAO-related activities. Bicol is a disaster risk prone region, affected regularly by major natural disasters such as typhoons, volcano eruptions and ash spews, Krisma then spearheaded various major disaster response activities in collaboration with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC).

As Director of the BMB, Krisma has represented the country in various international meetings. She effectively served as Head of the Delegation in the 22nd Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 22), and the 2nd Meeting of Subsidiary on Implementation (SB12) in Montreal, Canada. She was Alternate Head of Delegation in the High Level Segment of the 2018 UN Biodiversity Conference in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, and in the 3rd Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits, also in Egypt. She has again served as Head of Delegation in the 20th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Coastal and Marine Environment in Phuket, Thailand.

Lately, she was a delegate in the International Visitors Program under the USAID Program in New York, USA wherein she was chosen to represent Women Empowerment in the Professional Group.

As Regional Executive Director of DENR Region IX, she issued DENR Regional Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2019 which bans single-use plastics in all DENR-9 offices including in seminars/trainings and information campaigns saying that DENR should “ walk the talk”.

She was instrumental in establishing a professional rapport with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) officials and local government units through a series of meetings and orientations for the harmonious implementation of policies for the management and protection of Turtle Islands Wildlife Sanctuary in Tawi-Tawi.

Krisma is a multi-talented and dynamic leader. She is always on top of things as she utilizes modern technology to aid her in monitoring current events. She is known to have a beautifully haunting voice, whoever hears it turns out mesmerized.

 

 
RET. GEN ROY A. CIMATU
Secretary
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Philippines 

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A native of Bangui, Ilocos Norte, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is a graduate of the public school system from elementary up to high school, and graduated from the Philippine Military Academy in the class of 1970.

His eagerness to learn made him attain more scholastic achievements. This includes graduating from the Infantry Officers Advanced Course in the Philippine Army Training Command where he topped the course with a rating of 97.27%, an academic record which remains unsurpassed in the college history. He also graduated from the United States Army Command and Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, USA.

He also furthered his education with a degree in Master in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. A skilled pilot of a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft, he was also a recipient of the Cavalier Award from the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association and a Hall of Fame from the United States Command and General Staff college.

All these academic accolades can be attributed to both his parents who are both teachers by profession.
Being a Second Lieutenant, he was assigned as Company Commander in Patikul, Sulu during the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) attack against the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under its founding chairman Nur Misuari.

In the 80s, meanwhile, he was sent to Northern Panay as Batallion Commander in Aklan, a place under the heavy influence of the New People’s Army (NPA). The vicinity is a highway of the northern towns, especially in Ibajay, Aklan, which was heavily infested by the NPA. The same highway was a gateway to the present-day Boracay Island, to which his successful efforts to clear the area from threats led to the development of the top tourist destination spot in the country today.

He is also a Brigade Commander in Davao, Cotabato, and Sarangani, where he was promoted as a one-star general after his troops successfully rescued four hostages kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf in Sarangani. As a Division Commander of the 4th Infantry Division, he lead his troops during the all-out war in Mindanao to capture the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) camps including Camp Abubakar under the Estrada administration in 2000.

His victories in the battlefield eventually led him to earn his second star and be awarded as the Distinguished Conduct Star, the second highest combat award, next only to the Medal of Valor. He then became Southcom Commander based in Zamboanga City as a four-star General.
Secretary Cimatu’s ultimate recognition, however, is when he was appointed as the 29th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in May 2002.

In his career as a civil servant, Cimatu was called again to serve the country when he was named as a Special Presidential Envoy to the Middle East with the rank of Ambassador. At the height of the US-Iraq war, his Middle East Preparedness Committee made sure that no overseas Filipino worker (OFW) was hurt, killed or displaced from employment because of the conflict. He was able to negotiate a successful release of a Filipino hostage named Angelo dela Cruz, who was kidnapped by Iraqi militants in Baghdad, Iraq in 2004. Cimatu received a Presidential Award because of his bravery and perspicacity as a strategist for the triumphant negotiation.

Following dela Cruz’s freedom, Cimatu was also involved in the successful release of Filipino seamen held hostage in Somalia. His inherent wisdom and competence as a caretaker of OFWs led him to be reappointed as a Presidential Special Envoy to the Middle East by President Rodrigo Duterte, and joined him recently to the successful visit of Middle East this month.

And now, he is appointed by President Duterte to serve as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) 16th secretary since the agency re-organized in 1987 by virtue of Executive Order no. 192.