Changing of guard. DENR-7 OIC-Regional Executive Director Isabelo R. Montejo (right)
received the key of responsibility from Director Maximo O. Dichoso (left) in a
turnover on June 13, 2012. DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje issued Special Order Number 2012- 422
on June 8, 2012 designating Montejo as the new head in Central Visayas
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has a new regional executive director (RED). This developed after DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje issued Special Order Number 2012- 422 on June 8, 2012 designating Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo as OIC-Regional Executive Director in Central Visayas. Dr. Montejo replaced Director Maximo Dichoso who is now reassigned as Regional Executive Director of the DENR, region 3 in Pampanga.
DENR-7’s newly installed Regional Executive Director Isabelo R. Montejo said the reassignment of key officials is part of the continuing organizational development instituted by DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje to pursue its various flagship or priority programs and projects on environmental protection and management.
Montejo is a holder of a doctorate degree in Management in Public Administration in 1997 and a master’s degree in Business Administration in 1995, both at the University of the Visayas (UV). He earned his BS in Forestry at the Visayas State College of Agriculture, now Leyte State University (LSU) in 1982. He rose from the ranks from a forester in 1983, and lately a Regional Technical Director for Forestry before his assumption as head in region 7.
In a turnover ceremony speech held this morning, Dichoso regarded his stay in region 7 as short but a very fruitful one. “It is a very big opportunity for me to work with the best region in the Philippines,” he said. Dichoso also expressed his confidence that the region is in good hands under the administration of the new DENR 7 Executive Director Montejo.
On the other hand, Montejo promised to enforce the “matuwid na daan” particularly on governance, technical, and policy aspects, and urged everyone to join him hand in hand in continuing the reforms instituted by Secretary Paje for better and enhanced delivery of public service. “We will make a difference and I need all of you to support me so that we can all deliver our tasks on time with effectivity and efficiency,” he added.
He also emphasized the priority programs of DENR as espoused by Secretary Paje, namely, (1) Eliminate opportunities for graft and corruption, 2) Clean Air, 3) Clean Water, 4) Ensure compliance to environmental regulations, 5) National Greening Program, and 5) Cadastral Survey.
Meanwhile, Montejo created a 13-member Executive Committee (EC) with DENR-7 Regional Executive Director as chair to deliberate, discuss, strategize and decide relevant environmental issues and concerns. The members are Regional Directors of two line bureaus, four Regional Technical Directors, four support division chiefs, and chiefs of Regional Public Affairs and Human Resources Development.
The EC will meet every Mondays, and the Planning and Management Division will act as its secretariat.