The Department Field Offices
SECTION 20. Field Offices of the Department.—The field offices of the Department are the Environmental and Natural Resources Regional Offices in the thirteen (13) administrative regions of the country; the Environment and Natural Resources Provincial Office in every province, and the Community Office in every municipality, whenever deemed necessary.
SECTION 21. Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office.—A Regional Office shall be directly under the supervision and control of the Undersecretary for Field Operations and shall be headed by a Regional Executive Director (with the rank of Regional Director) who shall be assisted by five (5) Assistant Regional Technical Directors, (with the rank of Assistant Regional Director), one (1) each for Forestry, for Lands Management, for Mines and Geo-Sciences, Environmental Management and Ecosystems Research, respectively, and who shall be Career Executive Service Officers.
An Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office shall be located in the identified regional capital and shall have the following functions:
(1) Implement laws, policies, plans, programs, projects, rules and regulations of the Department to promote the sustainability and productivity of natural resources, social equity in natural resource utilization and environmental protection;
(2) Provide efficient and effective delivery of services to the people;
(3) Coordinate with regional offices of other departments, offices, agencies in the region and local government units in the enforcement of natural resource conservation laws and regulations, and in the formulation/implementation of natural resource programs and projects;
(4) Recommend and, upon approval, implement programs and projects on forestry, minerals, and land management and disposition;
(5) Conduct a comprehensive inventory of natural resources in the region and formulate regional short and long-term development plans for the conservation, utilization and replacement of natural resources;
(6) Evolve respective regional budget in conformity with the priorities established by the Regional Development Councils;
(7) Supervise the processing of natural resources products, grade and inspect minerals, lumber and other wood processed products, and monitor the movement of these products;
(8) Conduct field researches for appropriate technologies recommended for various projects; and
(9) Perform such other functions as may be provided by law or assigned by the Secretary.
SECTION 22. Provincial and Community Offices.—The Natural resources provincial and community offices shall each be headed by a provincial natural resource officer and community natural resource officer, respectively. They shall take over the functions of the district offices of the former Bureau of Forest Development, Bureau of Lands, and Bureau of Mines and Geo-Sciences.