Ruth M. Tawantawan is now the new Regional Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XI with the commitment for the presidential region to be one of the best regions in terms of implementing the Department's Programs and Projects in line with the agenda of the present administration.
"I believe that we can sustain and rise beyond the expectations of our supervisors if we unite as one. Together, let us bring out the best in each other to the common cause, for the common good of the common people, We have to be one, united DENR Region XI family in thoughts and in deeds in propelling Region XI towards a premier region," she stressed during the turn-over ceremony held at DENR Regional Office in Lanang, Davao City.
Tawantawan, who is a Forester by profession and a Career Executive Service Officer III, is the former DENR Regional Director of Region 10 from 2012 to 2017. Before her stint in Region 10, she has been the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Davao City and became the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Davao del Norte and also in Davao del Sur.
For a time, she was also assigned in Region 7 Cebu City as the Regional Technical Director for Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) and eventually became the Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau of the Davao Region.
"It feels good to be back and serve my home region again. But even though I was still in Region 10, I have been working closely with Region 11 with regards to forest protection within the boundaries of Bukidnon and Davao del Norte," she stressed.
Last year, Tawantawan was awarded as Career Executive Service's Very Innovative Person for the 1st Quarter of 2016. Recently, she was also one of the three CESOs who were given the government's highest award – the Presidential Gawad CES for 2016.
On the other hand, outgoing Regional Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer urged all DENR-XI employees to give their utmost support to their new Director the same way they have given their support during his time. He said that Tawantawan is not new to the Davao Region and that he is confident that the Region will be in good hands.
Immediately after the turn-over ceremony, Tawantawan met with the officials of DENR-XI and discussed with them the marching orders of DENR Secretary Gina Lopez as well as the status of Region XI's implementation of Programs and Projects.