logging3Also apprehended from the scene were twenty two (22) pieces of dipterocarp lumber with a volume of 1,178 board feet,108 yakal lumber with a volume of 2,150 board feet, one unit bandsaw, and one chainsaw.

Also apprehended from the scene were twenty two (22) pieces of dipterocarp lumber with a volume of 1,178 board feet, 108 yakal lumber with a volume of 2,150 board feet, one unit bandsaw, and one chainsaw.

Report further states that the boat builders and alleged owner Mario Rodriguez failed to present legal documents supporting the use of wooden materials and equipments for the construction. DENR operatives said persons involved are facing possible violations of Section 77 of PD 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca emphasized that the DENR will be unrelenting in its effort to protect the forest resources of the region. "The full force of the law will be imposed upon violators, and if found guilty, they shall suffer the penalty thereof," said Director Sibbaluca.

The unfinished boat, dipterocarp lumbers, and the bandsaw are now under the custody of Brgy. Kagawad Rizalido Eval since immediate transfer to the nearest DENR office is not yet feasible. The apprehended yakal lumbers were brought to the headquarters of the 546th Engineering Construction Battalion, 53rd Engineering Brigade, Phil. Army at Kuta Cancabato, San Jose, Tacloban City, and the chainsaw was brought to the headquarters Naval Station Discoro Papa of the same camp for temporary custody pending proper disposition.


DENR spearheads tree planting in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day

ArborDayThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 highlights the celebration of this year’s Philippine Arbor Day by spearheading a tree planting activity at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte.

The event was participated by over two hundred (200) volunteers from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Palo, barangay local government unit of Salvacion, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tacloban Chapter, Pepsi Cola, Office of Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez, DENR regional office, CENRO Palo, PENRO Leyte, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Read more...

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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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