“Sa green economy, whether or not we’re there, the government goes there or wala ... kaya na nila sa sarili nila. Yan ang dapat. This is the very key important point that I want everyone needs to know that by taking care of the environment, doon manggagaling ang pakinabang ng lahat,” Lopez said.

DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Philip Camara identified the livelihood projects crafted by 11 participating government agencies to include revegetation of mined-out areas, biochar production and community enterprise initiatives.

He said the re-vegetation of mined out areas has the potential of generating of up to 1,000 livelihood opportunities for mining workers for every 200 hectares, and yield around P7,000 monthly income per household, which is the same amount as the average salary of a mine worker.

He also said that mining communities could turn agricultural wastes into biochar or charcoal briquette -- a type of charcoal that is produced by burning only a small amount of oxygen, thus enabling carbon to be absorbed by plants and prevent it from accumulating in the atmosphere.

“Biochar has strong potential to provide alternative livelihood to mine communities given that the Philippines consume about 22 million cubic meters of wood for fuel and charcoal,” he said.

"These alternatives not only provide high-value jobs, they also multiply into agriculture," Camara said, adding that the re-vegetation process starts from rehabilitating the soil so it can grow plants and trees to boost agriculture.

To prepare them into becoming ecotourism sites, the DENR will create community enterprises in mining affected areas within the next three to six months.

Other livelihood activities that the DENR plans to undertake to assist displaced mining workers include establishment of plant nurseries, dredge rivers, improve agricultural lands through biochar, introduce bamboo and napier grass as agricultural crops, raise poultry and livestock and set up priority sites for the Enhanced National Greening Program.

Camara said the livelihood projects being put in place by the DENR are geared toward "creating a local economy that works for the local people."

Among the agencies that participated in the planning workshop were the  Department of Labor and Employment, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.  ###

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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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