THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) paid tribute to the late wife of Secretary Roy Cimatu.

In a statement on Thursday, the DENR said Antique businesswoman Fe Aguillon-Cimatu was a “woman of change”.

“The late Fe Aguillon-Cimatu, affectionately known as Ma’am Fe, was not an ordinary housewife,” the statement wrote. “She was the good woman of the house of Department of Environment and Natural Secretary Resources Roy A. Cimatu, a former general and chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”

The DENR later said Mrs. Cimatu “was always felt”, even if she was not always visible.

“From General Roy to Secretary Roy, from being a wife of a general to becoming a wife of a Philippine government civilian official, Ma’am Fe was there every step of the way,” the environment department wrote. “This is the perfect time to talk about the sacrifices and the hardships that women, like Ma’am Fe, have to endure as good partners of great men. As the country welcomes National Women’s Month, we take this opportunity to honor women who have contributed to the successes of men.”

Cimatu’s wife passed away over the weekend, with environment undersecretary Benny Antiporda posting the news on his Facebook page.

“Our sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu over the passing of his beloved spouse, Mrs. Fe Aguillon-Cimatu,” Antiporda wrote on Saturday.

“Your whole DENR family, and my family as well, are deeply saddened. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief.”

The remains of Cimatu’s wife are currently at their home in San Jose, Antique, according to the provincial government.

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