This week’s featured empowered woman is the first female and probably the youngest Regional Executive Director which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - IX has ever have.

RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez or “Krisma” for short is a Registered Forester who completed her Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños, Laguna in 2002.  She also finished her Master in Management at the Bicol University Graduate School in Albay. 

RED Krisma has also risen from the ranks when she first joined the Department in 2004 as Computer Operator for 17 months at DENR Region V. She also served as Project Evaluation Officer for 3 months prior to her position as Forester I that she held for 6 years in the same region.

Seeing her natural potential as a leader, RED Krisma was then appointed as Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer of Sorsogon City from 2011 to 2015 and thereafter held the position of Development Management Officer V/Chief of the Technical Services Division for 9 months at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of the Province of Albay. She later assumed the position as Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services for 6 months and in that same year became the Regional Director of DENR V until January of 2018. Her extraordinary demeanor as a leader led to her appointment as Assistant Director and eventually as the Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau from 2018 to 2019.

But perhaps her expertise and leadership skills were much more needed in the regional office so that RED Krisma was assigned as the Regional Executive Director (RED) of DENR Region IX in 2019. True enough, she has created a better DENR-IX under her leadership that even seasoned DENR-IX employees holding key positions including those from the regional line bureaus, extend their 100% support and cooperation to achieve her vision for DENR Region IX, without hesitation. Her active involvement in the regular Mine Rehabilation Fund Committee (MRFC) meetings and other mining-related issues and concerns in the region surely adds up to the morale of MGB-IX to continuously implement its mandate that only responsible mining is happening in the region.

Her experiences as active member/officer in civic organizations such as the Rotaract and Rotary Clubs of Legazpi Central District respectively, have contributed in shaping and honing her leadership potential. These were also reinforced by her exposure to several international grants such as the Group Study Exchange Program of Rotary International and the Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP), a Japan-initiated youth program facilitated by the National Youth Commission, prior to assuming her managerial/supervisory positions in the Department. Her numerous attendance and participation to various local and international capacity building seminars and trainings have also cultivated further both of her technical and management skills.

Marking her career in the government service, RED Krisma is a Career Executive Service Eligible, a ‘third level’ or the managerial class in the group of career positions in the Philippine civil service” created by Presidential Decree No. 1 “to form a continuing pool of well-selected and development-oriented career administrators who shall provide competent and faithful service”.

RED Krisma may be just one of the empowered women in the Department, but her leadership journey which begun at a young age is not just commendable but truly inspiring especially to young professionals who also aspire to make their own mark whether  doing private or government service.