ROY Cimatu as secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is now official after his confirmation by the Commission on Appointments on Thursday.
President Rodrigo Duterte appointed the retired general and former military chief in May after the CA rejected his first choice, Gina Lopez.
During the confirmation hearing, Cimatu defended his qualification to be DENR chief despite his military background saying if he can protect Filipinos when he was special envoy to the Middle East, he can also protect the environment.
Also helping convince CA members to confirm his appointment was his expressed openness to mining as long as it is done responsibly. WJG/CNC