The Department of Environment and Natural Resources led the preparation and development of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Basey Watershed.press basey

The plan, developed cooperatively with other stakeholders including the National Irrigation Authority (NIA), local government units, Department of Education (DepED), people’s organizations, and other government agencies is intended to effectively manage the resources of Basey Watershed.

Proposed activities under the plan include capability building, watershed characterization, construction of small water impounding system, forest development, rehabilitation, and protection through the National Greening Program (NGP), land surveys, and permit issuance and monitoring of forest resource use.

According to Samar Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Elpidio Simon, the plan seeks to improve the watershed condition to help address climate change and other issues concerning the stakeholders such as water system, irrigation needs, peace and order, and economic investments. He also adds that the proposed plan, crafted under the principle of Gross National Happiness (GNH), seeks to bring happiness and raise the standard of living in the community while pursuing DENR’s mandate of protecting and conserving the environment.

In his message, DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca emphasized that a sustainable watershed provides benefits to communities in many ways. He says “a sustainable watershed minimizes flooding, enables water and power sufficiency, provides vibrant business and industry, healthy population, and productive farmlands.”

DENR Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus Demetrio Ignacio Jr., who graced the strategic planning, assured that the proposed activities under the Plan shall be accorded with proper funding from the office.

The Basey Watershed covers an area of 30,784.21 hectares. It encompasses five (5) barangays classified as timberland and nine (9) barangays classified as alienable and disposable lands in the municipality of Basey, Samar.

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Cimatu calls for solidarity in protecting the environment as he takes over DENR

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"We're all in this together."

Thus said newly installed Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu as he called for solidarity in protecting the country's environment and natural resources during the turnover ceremony held at the DENR central office in Quezon City on Wednesday.

Cimatu, the 16th DENR Secretary since the agency was reorganized in 1987, said environmental protection requires teamwork among those in the DENR, various stakeholders and the general public. 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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