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Nationwide clean-up activities, dubbed as “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko: Partnering Towards People’s Environmental Movement” was held on September 17 for the National Cleanup Day organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the local government units, civil society groups/non-government organizations, the private sector, academe and the religious sector.

In the region, several participants from all walks of life joined the National Cleanup drive which  was spearheaded by DENR Regional Office 8 in cleaning the environs including schools, parks, roads, creeks, sewage systems, creeks and rivers. DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said that while the event aims to promote cleanliness in coastal and inland waterways, public places, parks, schools, and churches, it is also an opportunity to boost the spirit of volunteerism in the country.

He added, “We stepped up our approach for a clean environment by adopting the ridge-to-reef mechanism wherein we do not only clear our coastal zones, rivers and creeks from wastes and debris but also the mountains and watersheds down to our communities in the lowland areas. We also encouraged our people in joining this activity and the turnout seems overwhelming.”

In Tacloban City, several barangay communities, students’ organizations, civic groups and individuals joined the clean-up drive around the city including the surroundings, streets, waterways and canals. Volunteers gathered tons of garbage which contains non-recyclable materials including plastics and styrofoam. RD Sibbaluca urged the people to dispose this garbage properly by segregating according to recyclables, bio-degradable, and non-biodegradables.

The National Cleanup Day, celebrated every third Saturday of September, coincides with the International Coastal Cleanup Day. The whole month of September of every year was declared as National Cleanup Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 244, series of 1993.###

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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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