DENR Celebrates Ocean Month in May

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8 joins in the country’s annual celebration of May as Ocean Month. This annual celebration is by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 signed in 1999 to highlight the conservation, protection and sustainable management of the country’s coastal resources.

On its 15th year, the annual celebration focuses on the mangrove ecosystem, anchored on the theme “Mangroves Protect. Protect Mangroves.” (Bakawan ay Sanggalan, Sanggalan ang Bakawan). DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said this year’s theme is extremely timely and significant in light of the magnitude of the destruction wrought by Yolanda, which is said to be the strongest tropical typhoon ever recorded.

“Unfortunate the disaster may have been, Yolanda undoubtedly was an instant education for Filipino people on what storm surges are, and was a rude awakening of sort on the state of our coastal communities and their lack of protection from these natural events,” Paje pointed out.


Photo Releases

Calbiga Mayor Melchor Nacario (2nd from R) hands a token of appreciation to DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio (3rd from R) for gracing the building’s blessing. Also in photo are DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca (rightmost), Calbiga SB Member (in stripe top), and SINP Protected Area Superintendent Angelito Villanueva (left most). 

 DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio (4th from R) spearheaded the ceremonial distribution of the relief goods from Asean-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) DENR’s AFoCo Focal Person Orlando Panganiban (1st from R), AFoCo representative Nely Butic (2nd from R), DENR 8 Administrative Division Chief Esther Coral (3rd from R), and DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca (left most) assisted the distribution of the goods.

Gracing the turn-over ceremony of 150 chairs to Eugenio S. Daza Pilot Elementary School (ESDPES) are DENR USec for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio (2nd from R), RED Leonardo Sibbaluca, (4th from R), PENRO Eastern Samar Arturo Salazar (8th from R), and CENRO Borongan Moises dela Cruz (1st from R).

(R)DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio  (2nd from L) inspects the 12-hectare pilot site for the Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation Project in Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City. 

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