Key Officials and personnel welcome the assumption of Datu Tungko M. Saikol as Regional Executive Director for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region IX, Zamboanga Peninsula during a special convocation held yesterday morning at the DENR IX Lobby, Pagadian City.
 
On hand to welcome RED Saikol were EMB IX RD Alex D. Jimenez, MGB IX RD Hernani G. Abdon, ARD for Technical Services Ronald D. Gadot, ARD for Management Services Dante A. Oporto, PENROs, CENROs, Division and Section Chiefs.
 
RED Saikol was designated as Regional Executive Director for Zamboanga Peninsula under Special Order No. 2022-07 dated January 6, 2022 and signed by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.
 
In his message, he believes that Zamboanga Peninsula is both a historical and culturally diverse region as the presence of the Muslims, Christians, and Lumad is an evidence of a peaceful co-existence.
 
Director Saikol added that this office is an epitome of harmonious relationship of different tribes, religious and culture.
 
"I believe that the employees and officials of DENR Region IX are competent, dedicated and peace-minded people that anybody can rely on without fear of failure or feeling of uncertainty", as he addressed the different personnel present.
" As experts in your field of assignment and functions, it makes me confident to expect an efficient and effective governance for our environment and natural resources" he added.
 
RED Saikol reminded everyone to work hand in hand without any gaps and dispute to be able to lead the way for a successful implementation of projects, activities, and programs of the department.
 
RED Saikol is a true-blooded Mindanaoan as he hails from Cotabato City. He has held various Director and Assistant Director Positions in the DENR particularly in Region 12 and was also designated Deputy Minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARRM)'s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (MENRE).
 
Before his assignment here in Region IX, he served as Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), DENR Central Office.