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Atty. Antonio A. Abawag was born in Brgy. Ramon, Pamplona, Camarines Sur.

In 1977, he graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Forestry at the University of the Philippines Los BaƱos. He finished his Bachelor of Laws at the University of Nueva Caceres in 1985 and successfully became a lawyer on the same year.

After he graduated from college, he was hired as Instructor II at the University of the Philippines Tacloban before joining the Department of Environment and Natural Resources at the then Bureau of Forest Development as Senior Forester.

He has numerous trainings locally and abroad, one of which is on Forest Management and Planning at the University of Canberra in Australia.

A licensed forester, he worked his way up to become a Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer for 10 years, then became a Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of the different provinces in the same region. As he has always shown excellence in governance, he became the Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services of CALABARZON Region, Regional Technical Director for Forestry and Assistant Regional Director for Management Services of Bicol Region.

In 1998, he was appointed as Career Service Executive Officer and was promoted to CESO IV in 2013.

Atty. Abawag then became the OIC, Regional Executive Director of DENR Region 5 in 2018.

In January 11, 2019, Atty. Abawag assumed as OIC, Regional Executive Director of DENR Region 2.