“We’re all in this together.”
Thus said newly installed Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu as he called for solidarity in protecting the country’s environment and natural resources during the turnover ceremony held at the DENR central office in Quezon City on Wednesday.
Cimatu, the 16th DENR Secretary since the agency was reorganized in 1987, said environmental protection requires teamwork among those in the DENR, various stakeholders and the general public.
“I cannot do this alone, President Duterte cannot do this alone. We need all hands on deck,” Cimatu said in a speech after the DENR leadership was formally transferred to him by outgoing Secretary Gina Lopez.
The new DENR chief specifically mentioned “the men and women of the DENR from the senior officials at the central office to the rangers, foresters, geologists and even janitors on the ground.”