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Director Gwendolyn Cabataña Bambalan was born in Masbate, Masbate.

In 1981, she graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Administration major in Agricultural Economics at the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation in Malabon, Metro Manila. She finished her Master of Science in Social Development at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City in 1992 and Doctor of Public Administration at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

On June 16, 2020, Director Bambalan assumed as OIC, Regional Executive Director of DENR Region 2 by virtue of Special Order No. 2020-191 issued by Secretary Cimatu.

Prior to her assignment in Region 2, Director Bambalan was the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services in DENR National Capital Region. From 2015-2018, she also assumed the post as Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services in Region 1 where she was a regional winner of the Civil Service Commission’s Pagasa Award.

Before the implementation of the Rationalization Program of the DENR, she served as Regional Technical Director for Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management in MIMAROPA from 2012 to 2015.

She held the designation as Officer-In-Charge, Finance and Administrative Division at the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) for seven years.

Director Bambalan first joined the DENR in 1981 as Agronomist in the then Bureau of Forest Development (BFD). In 1985, she became the Project Development Coordinator under the Integrated Social Forestry Division of the BFD.

She is the board secretary of the DENR Association of Career Executives, member of the National Union of Career Executives, president of the Save Coconut Foundation, Incorporated, and faculty in-charge at the University of the Philippines Open University.

A Director III by position, Director Bambalan is a Career Executive Service Eligible.

Dr. Bambalan is a champion of gender responsiveness and equality in the organization and program implementation with decades of active involvement in community forestry all over the country.