IRR RA 7160, Rule XVIII, Art. 122

(n) The Environment and Natural Resources Officer

(1) No person shall be appointed environment and natural resources officer unless he is a citizen of the Philippines, a resident of the LGU concerned, of good moral character, a holder of a college degree preferably in environment, forestry, agriculture or any related course from a
recognized college or university, and a holder of a first grade civil service eligibility or its
equivalent. He must have acquired experience in environmental and natural resources
management, conservation, and utilization, for at least five (5) years in the case of the provincial
or city environment and natural resources officer, and three (3) years in the case of the municipal environment and natural resources officer.

(2) The environment and natural resources officer shall take charge of the office on environment and natural resources and shall:

(i) Formulate measures for the consideration of the sanggunian and provide technical
assistance and support to the governor or mayor, as the case may be, in carrying out
measures to ensure the delivery of basic services and provision of adequate facilities
relative to environment and natural resources services as provided in Rule V of these

(ii) Develop plans and strategies on environment and natural resources programs and
projects and implement them upon approval thereof by the governor or mayor, as the
case may be;

(iii) Establish, maintain, protect and preserve communal forests, watersheds, tree parks,
mangroves, greenbelts and similar forest projects and commercial forest, like industrial
tree farms and agro-forestry projects;

(iv) Provide extension services to beneficiaries of forest development projects and
technical, financial and infrastructure assistance;

(v) Manage and maintain seed banks and produce seedlings for forests and tree parks;

(vi) Provide extension services to beneficiaries of forest development projects and render
assistance to natural resources-related conservation and utilization activities consistent
with ecological balance;

(vii) Promote small-scale mining and utilization of mineral resources, particularly mining
of gold;

(viii) Coordinate with government agencies and NGOs in the implementation of measures
to prevent and control land, air, and water pollution with the assistance of the DENR;

(ix) Be in the frontline of the delivery of services concerning the environment and natural
resources, particularly in the renewal and rehabilitation of the environment during and in
the aftermath of man-made and natural calamities and disasters;

(x) Recommend to the sanggunian and advise the governor or mayor, as the case may
be, on all matters relative to the protection, conservation, maximum utilization, application
of appropriate technology, and other matters related to the environment and natural
resources; and

(xi) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be
prescribed by law or ordinance.