Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has resigned, Malacañang announced on Friday.

Acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said Cimatu resigned due to health reasons.

“We wish Secretary Cimatu good health as he transitions from his decades-long and stellar service in government to private life,” Nograles said.

Jim Sampulna was assigned officer in charge of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Cimatu was named DENR chief in May 2017, replacing the late anti-mining champion Gina Lopez, whose designation was rejected by the Commission on Appointments.

As DENR chief, Cimatu spearheaded the rehabilitation of Boracay in 2018 and the Manila Bay rehabilitation project, which included the controversial dumping of crushed dolomite boulders along its coastline. John Ezekiel J. Hirro