“Our technical staff at the Protected Areas Section have been conducting site identification for the presence of the Philippine Tarsier within the province of Biliran and mapping of the areas as initial steps of the Critical Habitat project,” reveals RTD Javier.  Intensified information, education and communication campaigns have likewise been done, to instill in the stakeholders the importance of wildlife protection, conservation and management, biodiversity conservation, global warming and climate change. A Memorandum of Agreement is also being crafted between the DENR and other stakeholders such as the Provincial Government of Biliran, Local Government Units of Almeria, Kawayan, Culaba and Naval and the barangays within the identified site. All these stakeholders shall be a part in the protection, conservation and management of the Critical Habitat.

The Philippine Tarsier, widely known to be found in Bohol province, has also its home in still forested areas within the Eastern Visayas region including the Province of Biliran, Southern Leyte, Leyte and the Samar Island. It has been assessed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Conservation Monitoring Centre in 1986, 1988 and 1981. The DENR has also listed the Philippine Tarsier as Endangered in a 1991 Department Administrative Order (DAO 48).  Republic Act 9147 provides for the establishment of Critical Habitats where threatened species are found. Critical Habitats shall be protected, in coordination with the local government units and other concerned groups, from any form of exploitation or destruction which may be detrimental to the survival of the threatened species.

Efforts to conserve the Philippine Tarsier through the establishment of the Critical Habitat have also heightened with the recent enactment of Republic Act 10409 which opens up the Province of Biliran as a Tourism Development Area. “We would like to ensure that any tourism activities within the Province of Biliran shall be consistent with biodiversity conservation, particularly the protection and conservation of the Philippine Tarsier, already considered as Endangered,” says DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca. He also notes that with the strong support of the Provincial Government, he is confident that any tourism activities that shall be undertaken shall be ecologically friendly. “I am confident that the enactment of RA 10409 will enhance the implementation of our eco-tourism related programs in the province,” RD Sibbaluca says.

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DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

Tacloban City communities join this year’s #InternationalCoastalCleanUp activities. DENR Region 8, together with other government agencies and private institutions joined hands in cleaning up the coastal areas and waterways within the city.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Samar in Catbalogan City. During his interface with DENR employees in Samar province, Secretary Cimatu laid his plans to help reduce poverty. Among these are increasing livelihood opportunities through the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP), reinventing mining to ensure that the country’s mineral resources will benefit the people without compromising the environment, and promoting cacao commodity to augment the livelihood of NGP PO beneficiaries in Samar.

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