EMB Region 2 under the leadership of Regional Director Nelson P. Honrado administered the oath taking and turnover ceremony of the new Chief, Environmental Management Specialist, Mr. Jason B. Malamug on 29 April 2021 held at EMB Region 2 Conference Hall. The ceremony was attended by family, friends and EMB staff at their respective offices via Zoom in consideration to the existing government policies on public health, particularly on mass gatherings.RD Honrado expressed his appreciation to Engr. Marissa C.Balubal for a job well done and working successfully during her time as OIC Chief CPD.

RD Honrado has also expressed his expectations to the new Chief, as Clearance and Permitting Division plays a lead role in the updating of the universe of industries and other covered establishments in Region 2, a set of data necessary for the attainment of the vision of a national command center of EMB Central Office under the leadership of Bureau Director, Engr. William P. Cunado.In addition, the Clearance and Permitting Division plays a crucial role in the launching of the “Build Back Better” Program through Executive Order 120 where one of the key results area is intensified watershed management, a direct product of which is the Cagayan River Restoration Project. The issuance of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu of Administrative Order 2020-07 also known as Rationalizing Dredging Activities in Heavily-Silted River Channels Pursuant to the DENR-DPWH-DILG-DOTR Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2019 has placed the EMB Region 2 in a critical turning point in the region. EMB is mandated to conduct Programmatic Environmental Impact Assessment or Strategic Environmental Assessment for the Cagayan River System. This is in addition to the CPD functions through the EIA Section, processing Environmental Compliance Certificate applications by individual proponents or dredgers. With these, RD Honrado calls for new CPD Chief and his entire team to rise up to the different and more difficult challenges in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic with the implementation of no-contact policy and reduced work-force arrangements to deliver prompt, responsive and inclusive public service.