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DENR Calabarzon welcomes new reg’l director

by Saul Pa-a
July 13, 2019

NEW DENR CALABARZON HEAD. New Environment and Natural Resources regional director for Calabarzon Gilbert C. Gonzales delivers his speech during a simple turn-over ceremony at Calabarzon regional office in Calamba, Laguna on July 5, 2019. Gonzales urged DENR Calabarzon officials and staff to focus on actual environmental issues. (Photo courtesy of DENR4A-RSCIS)

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna — Gilbert Gonzales, who took over as new regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon Friday, urged his colleagues to hurdle any obstacle in addressing all environmental issues in the region.

“We should not just be doing a day to day work just to be able to accomplish something. We must be focusing on the actual environmental issues,” Gonzales said during a simple turn-over ceremony at Calabarzon regional office here on Friday (July 5).

“Hindi dapat maging obstacle kung gaano kalaki ‘yung problema (It should not be an obstacle no matter how big the problem is). Somewhere along the way we can find alternatives on how to address the issues. I want everybody to have that kind of thinking,” he added.

He replaced former DENR Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) regional director Maria Paz Luna.

Prior to his new post, Gonzales was officer-in-charge of the Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Southern Luzon.


A native of Albay, Gonzales was also a former regional director of DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) in Bicol (Region 5), assistant director of EMB Central Office, bureau director of EMB, and former regional executive director of DENR Bicol and Central Visayas (Region 7).

Gonzales, a Career Executive Service Officer III, is a graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology with a degree in Civil, Environmental and Sanitation Engineering and took a Master Degree in Environmental Studies in New South Wales University in Sydney, Australia.

DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna, who graced the turnover rites, said DENR Calabarzon is “fortunate” for having a top-caliber regional director like Gonzales.

Cuna also lauded Luna for a job well done as former head of DENR Calabarzon.

“The DENR Central Office is more than willing to help the Region (Calabarzon),” Cuna assured. (PNA)


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