THE bicameral Commission on Appointments (CA) confirmed on Wednesday, October 4, the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
Cimatu, who expressed gratitude to the CA panel, said he will work double time to make sure that he will be able to live to the expectations of the Filipino people.
Cimatu said the trust and confidence given by President Rodrigo Duterte and the public is a challenge that he is now facing, as he assured that he will continue to institute reforms and pursue programs and projects that would protect and develop the environment and improve people’s lives.
Cimatu said that under his watch as the head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), he will push for people-centered agenda in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development.
"It is time that government officials like us who were given the opportunity to serve to promote the welfare of the people by protecting our environment and our natural resources," Cimatu said.
Cimatu was reappointed in July after his nomination as Environment secretary was bypassed by the CA when Congress adjourned session on June 2. His confirmation was suspended twice before he was formally appointed by the CA in a unanimous vote.
Malacañang welcomed the CA's decision on Cimatu's appointment.
"We welcome the confirmation of the nomination of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu by the Commission on Appointments," Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
Cimatu, a former military chief, was appointed by Duterte as the new head of DENR in May after CA rejected with finality the ad interim appointment of former secretary Regina Paz "Gina" Lopez.
Abella said the government was confident that Cimatu would be able to fulfill his mandate as DENR chief in compliance with environmental rules and regulations.
"The Palace is confident that Secretary Cimatu would be able to implement the President’s marching orders on natural resources development and environmental policies of keeping a delicate balance between economic development and environmental sustainability," he said. (SunStar Philippines)