CABANATUAN CITY -- Two provincial chiefs of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon have been relieved from their posts while four other lower officials were placed on “floating status” following a massive revamp.
The relieved DENR officials were Joselito Blanco and Raul Urmamac, DENR provincial environment and natural resources officers (PENROs) of Aurora and Bataan, respectively.
Blanco was replaced by Nicomedes Claudio, DENR community environment and natural resources officer (CENRO) based in Casiguran, Aurora while Urmamac by Raymond Rivera, CENRO based in Masinloc, Zambales.
The replacements of Claudio and Rivera were not immediately known.
Reportedly placed on floating status were CENRO-Dingalan Jimmy Aberin, CENRO-Muñoz (Nueva Ecija) Gerundio Fernandez, Cenro-Baliuag (Bulacan) Meliton Vicente and Centro-Tarlac Laurino Macadangdang.
Retained as PENROs were Leovino Ignacio of Nueva Ecija, Celia Esteban of Bulacan, Rafael Otic of Pampanga, Emelita Lingat of Tarlac and Laude Mirsalac of Zambales.
Among the CENROs, retained were Ariel Mendoza of Bagac and Florencio Jalu of Dinalupihan, both in Bataan; Roger Encarnacion of Guiguinto, Bulacan; Ricardo Lazaro of Cabanatuan City; Romel Santiago of Bacolor, Pampanga; Alfredo Collado of Camiling, Tarlac; and Marife Castillo of Olongapo City.
Francisco Milla, DENR regional director for Central Luzon and who was one of the regional directors retained, confirmed the relief of Blanco and Urmamac.
Milla said he was not aware of the reasons behind the relief of the two officials, saying it was the decision of a group formed by Lopez.
Milla clarified, however, that Aberin, Fernandez, Vicente and Macadangdang are still CENROs in holdover capacities since there are still no Special Order for their relief.
A DENR official who sought anonymity, however, said the relief of Blanco and Urmamac and the subsequent freezing of the four CENROs was the result of “Fengshui,” known locally as “punsoy,” a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the environment.
The affected officials were reportedly removed due to “Feng Shui” vibrations.