New DENR XII chief assumes post
Koronadal City (18 November) -- Officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region XII (DENR XII) with some guests and members of the media recently witnessed the changing of the guards in the said office albeit a minor hitch.
Director Alfredo S. Pascual assumed the top post of DENR XII as the lawfully designated Regional Executive Director (RED) of the said office in simple turn-over rites last Monday, November 15, 2010, at the DENR XII grounds along Aurora Quezon Street, in Koronadal City. The movement of DENR officials is in line with the continuing organizational development under the leadership of Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje.
Outgoing Regional Executive Director Raquil-Ali M. Lucman handed to Director Pascual the DENR banner symbolic of the turn-over of the command to the incoming RED after a 22-month stint at the helm of the DENR in South Central Mindanao.
Director Lucman who was in his usual jovial mood, thanked all his subordinate officials and employees for their support during his watch. Likewise, he appealed to everyone to support the new DENR Region XII head. "I am calling on everybody to support RED Pascual as you have supported me all along my incumbency," the outgoing RED said.
For his part, Director Pascual who has two more years before retirement admitted to have some kind of hesitation initially in accepting his new post because of its distance from his residence in Quezon City. Apparently, he was prevailed upon by his superiors who believe in his competence as a multi-awarded and a seasoned executive who belongs to the elite roll of Career Executive Service Officers in the government.
Further, RED Pascual gave a glimpse of his management style which can be summed up in the statement: "A worker is as good as his or her current accomplishment." "Do your job conscientiously. Wala tayong pag-aawayan," (We have nothing to quarrel about," RED Pascual admonished his subordinates.
Director Pascual assumed the post of RED by virtue of DENR Special Order No. 2010-753 dated October 13, 2010 issued by Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr., DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations. The turn-over ceremony last Monday had to be deferred pending receipt of clarification from Atty. Adobo's office regarding DENR Special Order No. 742, dated November 12, 2010 designating another official in the person of Forester Ernesto L. Lezada as Regional Executive Director of DENR XII.
After more than an hour, the office of Undersecretary Adobo sent a disclaimer stating that "NO SPECIAL ORDER OR ANY OTHER ORDERS DESIGNATING PENRO LEZADA AS RED OF DENR REGION 12 was signed and issued" by the said official and that DENR Special Order No. 2010-742 dated 12 November 2010 is SPURIOUS AND ILLEGAL. It was stated further in the memorandum "that a special order bearing the same number has been issued and assigned to a separate document entitled "Authorizing the Participation of Some DENR Personnel in the 10.10.10 A Run for the Pasig River on October 10, 2010 at SM Mall of Asia" dated 07 October 2010." (DENR XII/PIA SarGen) [top]