13497752 1757202317825790 1487449797801507715 oHandog Titulo beneficiaries from the municipalities of Lavesarez, Bobon, Mondragon, Gamay, and Mapanas in Northern Samar received their Free Patent Titles for agricultural purposes through DENR’s Handog Titulo Program.

Two hundred eighteen (218) Free Patent Titles covering an area of 182.60 hectares were distributed to qualified beneficiaries in a simple ceremony held at the Northern Samar Provincial Capitol. The event was spearheaded by DENR’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Northern Samar in cooperation with the Registry of Deeds (ROD) and the local government units (LGUs) of the province.

In his message, DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca advised all beneficiaries of the Handog Titulo Program to take care of their land titles. "You may now use it as collateral for loans to start a business or for other important needs. Your title shall also secure ownership over your land. Take good care of it to avoid serious legal problems while reconstituting lost or damaged titles", he said.

Congressman Emil Ong who was present during the event lauded the Handog Titulo Program of the DENR saying, "land titles are the best legacy the beneficiaries can give their loved ones. We thank the DENR and all agencies concerned for this effort."

Mrs. Restituta Vistan, 61 years old, recipient of a Free Patent title said she is grateful and proud that finally she is holding a proof of ownership of the land where her family’s livelihood activities are based. "I've been longing for this title for so long. It's finally here, and I got it for free", she said.

DENR’s Handog Titulo program is aimed to expedite the processing and issuance of public land patents to qualified beneficiaries. It is being implemented consistent with the goals of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which is to improve the lives of farmers and their families especially those living in the countryside.

The Handog Titulo in Northern Samar was conducted in line with the celebration of the Environment Month and the province’s 51st Founding Anniversary.

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tabaoIn observance of April as Month of the Planet Earth, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 recognizes the contributions of its partners in environmental protection and natural resources conservation.


As a kick-off activity for the month-long celebration, DENR presented a Certificate of Recognition to Barangay Chairman Noel Tabao of of Barangay 69, Anibong, Tacloban City. Chairman Tabao’s invaluable assistance to the rehabilitation of mangrove areas in Leyte through the Leyte Gulf Rehabilitation Project launched after Super Typhoon Yolanda, particularly in the rehabilitation and development of a 12-hectare mangrove area in Bgry. 69 was recognized by the DENR. His assistance in organizing the Greening Initiators and Nature’s Advocate People’s Organization or GINAPO as DENR partner in the establishment, maintenance, and production of seedlings for DENR 8 Central Nursery in Anibong was also cited.

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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents the region’s central nursery and the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove Rehabilitation Project site at Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Director Javier Manazares (seated, 3rd from left) and Demetrio Innocenti (seated, 4th from left). The project implemented in 2014 in the hardest hit provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar by Typhoon Yolanda envisions to restore the lush mangroves in said areas, emphasizing on the crucial role these mangroves play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion, serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves, and mitigating the unavoidable impacts of climate change. GCF visited the area for an ocular inspection in response to the request of Secretary Lopez for financial assistance in support to the department’s programs and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also in photo are (seated L-R) ERDB Director Henry Adornado, ASec Junie Hernandez, Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada of the Performance and Projects Management Office, office of the Cabinet Secretary.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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