Manila, Philippines – On Wednesday, the Commission of Appointments (CA) approved the appointment of Roy Cimatu as the new secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Cimatu got officially appointed by CA after two hearings.
The appointment of the former military official was sponsored by Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao as the chairman of the CA’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
Cimatu’s appointment was seconded Senators Loren Legarda, Juan Miguel Zubiri and also Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.
“He is a lover of the environment. It was reported that Secretary Cimatu ordered his men to clean the rivers, plant trees in his areas of assignment not thinking that one day he will head the department closest to his heart,” Pacquaio said.
“When I was even not born yet, the then Lt. Roy Cimatu planted a tree at Camp Peralta in Hamidan, Capiz and named it Lt. Cimatu tree,” says Senator Pacquiao.
“Today, as I recommend to the plenary the approval of his ad interim appointment as Secretary of DENR. It was whispered to me that the good secretary will immediately visit the camp and plant another tree to be named this time as DENR secretary Cimatu tree.” He added.
Meanwhile, Senator Legarda said she worked with Cimatu before, “The environment is in crisis and therefore we need the might of a general like Secretary Cimatu to ward off the problems facing our clear air, facing our clean water and facing the problems of ecological solid wastes,” she said, adding that she’s looking forward for the implementation of eight environmental laws authored in the past three years.
After his appointment, Cimatu said that he has yet to prove President Rodrigo Duterte and the CA his abilities to lead the DENR.
Source: Manila Times