Environment Sec. Roy Cimatu has resigned from the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, Malacañang said Friday.
Cimatu quit his post due to "health reasons", Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles said. DENR Usec. Jim Sampulna was designated as officer-in-charge of the department.
"We wish Secretary Cimatu good health as he transitions from his decades-long and stellar service in government to private life," Nograles said.
A former military chief, Cimatu took over leadership of the DENR from the late environment crusader Gina Lopez, whose appointment was rejected by the Commission on Appointments in 2017.
Under Cimatu's leadership, the DENR led the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay dolomite beach among several other projects.