pr absOver 5,000 seedlings of both indigenous and fruit-bearing trees were planted by volunteers from government agencies, local government units, academe, civil society organizations, security forces of the government and other private institutions.

The massive tree planting activity was done through the coordinated efforts of the DENR through its CENR Office in Catbalogan, the ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan Puno ng Buhay Program, and the Samar Rural Farmers Association (SRFA) at Brgy. San Jose, Happy Valley, Calbayog City, Samar.

The Puno ng Buhay Program is one of the green initiative projects of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation that has supported the SRFA for its reforestation activity and organic farming as alternative source of livelihood.

Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, extended her appreciation to all the volunteer planters, through her representative, Congresswoman Marybeth Ty-Delgado of the 1st District of Surigao del Sur. According to her, “poverty can never be eradicated if we do nothing. Such should be the consciousness that we bring every day for our entire lives. Our convergence approach in the Puno ng Buhay aims not only to protect the environment, but also to reduce poverty through agro-forestry.” ###


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  • Cimatu lauds law enforcement authorities behind large wildlife bust

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has commended personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rescue of over 300 smuggled live animals and arrest of four suspects in what has been dubbed as one of the country’s largest wildlife busts. The successful operation was carried out on Tuesday by joint operatives from the NBI-Environmental Crime Division and the DENR’s Philippine Operations Group of Ivory and Ille…

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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

CIMATU INSPECTS CONFISCATED ENDANGERED SPECIES. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu inspects the confiscated sulfur crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City with BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim (beside Cimatu). Three species of the cockatoos including the moluccan cockatoo (cacatua moluccensis) and the black palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) totaling 154 heads were confiscated by the joint forces of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (DENR POGI) and the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City. The cockatoo is considered an endangered species and is listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its trade should be subject to a CITES export permit from the country of origin and a CITES import permit from the country of destination. A total of 316 heads of species were confiscated in the successful operation.

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