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PEMO chief resigns for USFS job

Ma. Aleta Nuñez has resigned as Negros Occidental provincial environment management officer effective today, to assume the post as local liaison of the United States Forest Service based in Manila.

Nuñez, who headed the PEMO from June 2011 to June 2012, and was legal officer IV of the Provincial Legal Office from December 2003 to September 2010, said yesterday she will still be working in the environment sector of the country but, this time, through an international collaboration.

“I will serve as local liaison of the US Forest Service in its collaboration with USAID/Philippines to develop and implement a technical assistance program on forestry and biodiversity management, together with the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” she said.

Nuñez, in her resignation letter, told Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., “It has been both a privilege and a challenge leading more than 80 personnel and supervising, managing and coordinating the environment-related programs and policies of the province, from the ridge to the reef, together with the component local government units, national government agencies, development partners, non-government organizations and people’s organizations.”

She said she was blessed to have worked side by side with the committed and hard-working men and women of the PEMO, most of whom she strongly recommends for upward adjustment in rank and salary.

The work at PEMO has been facilitated because of the consistent priority given to environmental conservation and protection by the governor, vice governor and the Sanggunian, as well as by the component LGUs, she added.

Nuñez obtained her law degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman and has a Master of Laws from Columbia University.*CPG

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