DENR HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
DENR ROMBLON was created on June 10, 1987 by virtue of Executive Order No. 192. It was a merger of the then Bureau of Forestry and the Bureau of Lands District Office.
BUREAU OF FORESTRY
The community awareness of the existence of the Bureau of Forestry was in the later part of the 50’s through their reforestation projects at Marigondon Sur, San Andres, Romblon. This was a Reforestation Project by Administration with Mr. Melanio Gamo as “Project-in-Charge”. It is Forester Jose Viado who was the first Refo Administrator.
In the early 60’s (1962-65), the Bureau of Forestry formally had their office in Odiongan, Romblon at the building now occupied by the Land Transportation Office (LTO).
However, in the late 60’s, the Office was transferred to Romblon, Romblon. A station was retained in Odiongan manned by Manuel Federico as the Station Forest Warden at their owned apartment in Barangay Ligaya and another in Cajidiocan, Romblon, Sibuyan Island.
In 1975, problems in transportation facilities cropped up because of its being located in Sibuyan Island, the District Office was transferred back to Odiongan at the residence of Ms. Lucena Madayag. Mr. Rodrigo G. Gadon initiated the transfer being one of the first employees of the Bureau of Forestry.
Then in 1979, the Bureau of Forestry also known to be Bureau of Forest Development (BFD) constructed its building, now the PENR Office, at its present site in Brgy. Tabing Dagat, Odiongan, Romblon near the Bureau of Lands Building through the initiative of Former Assemblyman Nemesio Ganan, Jr.
BUREAU OF LANDS
It was during the mid ‘60s when the first Bureau of Lands Office was opened in the house of the late Lydia Formilleza-Fetalino at Bongoy now known as Barangay Liwanag, Odiongan, Romblon. It was the late Atty. Sydicious F. Panoy, a native of Odiongan, Romblon, who gave up his private practice, became the 1st Officer-In-Charge. The designation was changed to Provincial Land Officer and then to District Land Officer (DLO).
The office transferred to the house of the late Mabini Federico at Aquino Street, Brgy. Ligaya, Odiongan, Romblon. In the early 70’s, the office transferred to the residence of the late Artemio Ylagan on the next block of the same street but under the jurisdiction of Barangay Liwayway. Again, after some time, it was transferred to a building owned by the late Atty. Benjamin Atienza, at Brgy. Liwanag, near the then Public Market.
Finally, in the mid-70s, the Bureau of Lands Building was constructed at a portion of the Old Barracks during the Japanese Regime of the Philippine Constabulary Compound at Brgy. Tabing Dagat. Atty. Sydicious F. Panoy, was then transferred as DLO of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro and it was Mr. Larry Macahilig who took over the Office and during the merging, the CENR Office occupied the Bureau of Lands Building.
Since its creation through Executive Order No. 192, the DENR –Romblon Offices has been handled by several PENROs and CENROs – all tried to leave a legacy of their own, not only in terms of accomplishments, but also in terms of tangible and intangible innovations, likewise, building improvements and beautifications. The first PENR Officer for the province is Mr. Dionico F. Gabay while the first OIC-CENR Officer was Mr. Vicente J. Villena. To complete this history report, Mr. Dionico F. Gabay was the first appointed PENR Officer in the entire Philippines through the help of the Late Assemblyman Natalio, Beltran, Jr. who then occupies many committee memberships to include the membership on appointments.
- Details Published: 2016-09-05