The LAWIN Protection System is a strategy that seeks to conserve the forest and biodiversity with the involvement of the community. Using a mobile application called cybertracker, users may report real-time environmental abuses from the site.

 The system engages four users. The patrollers including the community, DENR forest rangers, and forest guards of the local government, the dataprs usec managers including DENR forest technicians and geographic system (GIS) experts from the LGUs, the resource managers or members of the protected area management boards as well as environment and natural resources officers of the LGUs, and environmental law enforcers such as the PNP, DENR and deputized enforcers. The patrollers shall gather information on forest condition and threats to forest health, data managers shall convert forest data into reports, resource managers shall assess and adjust forest protection strategies for identified focus area, and the environmental law enforcers shall identify and implement forest management and enforcement strategies.

             In Region 8, the DENR in coordination with USAID’s B+WISER has conducted a training for DENR forest rangers and other personnel responsible for forest protection on how to implement and operationalize the LAWIN system.

             In a statement delivered by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Isabelo Montejo during the training, he urged all forest protection personnel to act immediately on issues involving risks to the environment, especially that the Department is implementing the LAWIN protection system.

            The system has been pilot tested in seven sites in the Philippines since 2015, and was adopted by the DENR as a national strategy for forest and biodiversity protection in March 2016.

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DENR recognizes partners on environmental protection, Kicks-off observance of Month of the Planet Earth

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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