Veteran forester leads Bunawan campaign vs illegal logging and mining
by Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City (3 February) -- DENR Regional Executive Director for Caraga Region Edilberto S. Buiser has formally installed a veteran forester as the new CENR Officer in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur on Thursday to lead the on-going anti-illegal campaign operation in that area.
The latest movement of key personnel at the frontlines of the DENR Caraga Regional Office is part of the on-going process being made by Director Buiser to further improve the delivery of basic services to the people.
Director Buiser said the reshuffling of key-field personnel in the region, on a case-to-case basis, has been long overdue but decided to effect the plan after securing the approval of DENR Secretary Lito Atienza, Jr. recently.
CENRO Ulpiano D. Dasilao has took over the helm as the new Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur from OIC, CENRO Eutiquio M. Bade, Jr. who was assigned in Surigao City during a simple turn-over ceremony at the CENR office in that town.
Aside from Director Buiser, the ceremony was also attended by PENRO Sixto C. Badua, CENRO Jaime Acebu of Bayugan in that province, CENRO personnel and some representatives from the local government office.
Penro Badua said the out-going CENR Officer has been very productive in his duty during his short tour of duty. CENRO Bade is being considered as one of the top candidates for excellent achievement award for exceeding his target on land patent processing and distribution last year.
Badua has welcome the in-coming CENRO to the team even as he gave pointers to be "always on top of the situation " in dealing with the issues in his areas of responsibility of which some are too complicated to handle. The operation of CENRO Bunawan also covers the whole towns of Trento and Rosario.
Director Buiser said that CENRO Dasilao has been given a "tall order" in dealing with the issues in the area particularly on the anti-illegal logging and the existence of several unauthorized small-scale mining operations which undermine the authority of the DENR.
"I expect positive results from the incoming CENR officer," Director Buiser said.
CENRO Dasilao is facing a tough challenge ahead though he has been familiar with his new base. He has been assigned in the operation for several times in the area when ha was assigned as supervising forest management specialist at PENR office in the 90's. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]