Department of Environment and Natural Resources

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR; Filipino: Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas na Yaman) is the executive department of the Philippine government tasked with "governing and supervising the exploration, development, utilization, and conservation of the country's natural resources."[1][2] Roy Cimatu, a retired Philippine Army general, is the current secretary of the DENR.

History of the DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources traces its origins to the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR), which was created on January 1, 1917 through the Philippine Commission’s issuance on November 18, 1916 of Act No. 2666, otherwise known as An Act to Re-organize the Executive Department of the Government of the Philippine Islands. The DANR was reorganized into the Department of Agriculture and Commerce (DAC) in 1932.

In 1947, the DAC reverted to the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources following a reorganization act. On May 17, 1974, the natural resources arm of the DANR became the standalone Ministry of Natural Resources. On January 30, 1987, Executive Order No. 131 turned the ministry into the Department of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, which ultimately became the Department of Environment and Natural Resources  on June 10, 1987 through Executive Order No. 192. In its  national greening program (NGP),  DENR worked on large-scale reforestation of Davao City, a flagship project that lasted from 2011 to 2016.[3]

An air quality monitoring station in Marikina maintained and run by the DENR.

List of the Secretaries of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

# Name Term Began Term Ended President
Secretaries of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1 Galicano Apacible 1917 1921 NA(American occupation)
2 Rafael Corpus 1921 1923
3 Silvestre Apostol 1923 1928
4 Rafael Alunan, Sr. 1928 1932
5 Mariano Garchitorena 1947 April 15, 1948 Manuel Roxas
April 15, 1948 September 1948 Elpidio Quirino
6 Plácido L. Mapa September 21, 1948 1950
7 Fernando López December 14, 1950 1953
8 Plácido L. Mapa 1953 1953
9 Salvador Z. Araneta March 10, 1954 1955 Ramon Magsaysay
10 Juan G. Rodríguez April 12, 1956 March 17, 1957
March 18, 1957 August 1960 Carlos P. Garcia
11 César Fortich 1960 1961
12 Jose C. Locsin September 1961 December 30, 1961
December 30, 1961 1962 Diosdado Macapagal
13 Benjamin M. Gozon 1962 1963
14 José Y. Feliciano 1963 1965
15 Fernando López December 30, 1965 1971 Ferdinand Marcos
16 Arturo R. Tanco, Jr. 1971 May 17, 1974
Secretary of Natural Resources
17 Jose J. Leido, Jr. May 17, 1974 June 1978 Ferdinand E. Marcos
Ministers of Natural Resources
Jose J. Leido, Jr. June 1978 July 26, 1981 Ferdinand Marcos
18 Teodoro Q. Peña July 27, 1981 June 30, 1984
19 Rodolfo P. Del Rosario July 18, 1984 February 25, 1986
20 Ernesto M. Maceda February 26, 1986 March 25, 1986 Corazon C. Aquino
Secretaries of Environment and Natural Resources
Ernesto M. Maceda March 25, 1986 December 1, 1986 Corazon C. Aquino
21 Carlos G. Dominguez December 2, 1986 March 9, 1987
22 Fulgencio S. Factoran March 10, 1987 June 30, 1992
* Ricardo M. Umali July 1, 1992 August 31, 1992 Fidel V. Ramos
23 Angel C. Alcala September 8, 1992 June 30, 1995
24 Victor O. Ramos July 1, 1995 June 30, 1998
25 Antonio H. Cerilles June 30, 1998 January 20, 2001 Joseph Estrada
January 20, 2001 January 25, 2001 Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
* Joemari D. Gerochi January 25, 2001 March 28, 2001
26 Heherson T. Alvarez March 29, 2001 December 13, 2002
27 Elisea G. Gozun December 13, 2002 August 31, 2004
28 Michael T. Defensor August 31, 2004 February 15, 2006
29 Ret. Gen. Angelo Reyes, AFP February 15, 2006 July 31, 2007
30 Jose L. Atienza, Jr. July 31, 2007 December 28, 2009
* Eleazar P. Quinto January 4, 2010 February 12, 2010
* Horacio C. Ramos February 12, 2010 June 30, 2010
31 Ramon Jesus P. Paje June 30, 2010 June 30, 2016 Benigno Simeon Aquino III
** Regina Paz L. López June 30, 2016 May 3, 2017 Rodrigo Duterte
32 Ret. Gen. Roy Cimatu, AFP May 8, 2017 Incumbent

Attached agencies

  • Laguna Lake Development Authority
  • National Mapping and Resource Information Authority
  • National Water Resources Board
  • Natural Resources Development Corporation
  • Palawan Council for Sustainable Development
  • Philippine Mining Development Corporation[4]

References