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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Director Arleigh J. Adorable assumed office as new Regional Director of DENR region 8. His assumption to duty was witnessed by Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Visayas Marcial Amaro, Jr., Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Carlito Tuballa, ARD for Management Service Arturo Salazar, MGB RD Raul Laput, EMB officer-in-charge Maribel Munsayac, and DENR 8 PENROs and CENROs. In his message, RD Adorable enjoined the DENR 8 workforce to work hand-in-hand as one family, saying "together, we shall achieve more".

RD Arleigh J. Adorable delivers speech during the Environmental Summit 2017 hosted by Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 8 with the theme: "Ako, Ikaw, Tayo ang Kalikasan"

Beneficiaries jubilantly display their Land Titles with Cong. Edgar Mary S. Sarmiento, RD Arleigh Adorable, ARD Carlito Tuballa and other government officials.

RD Arleigh J. Adorable delivers his message during the launching of Mount Nacolod Local Conservation Area (LCA) and MOA signing between the DENR, LGU and People's Organization held in Silago, Southern Leyte last November 09, 2017. Mt. Nacolod is one of the nine piloted LCAs in the country. It is home to 229 flora species, mammals, and diverse set of birds, including the Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematurupygia), the Visayas wattled-broadbill (Sarcophanops samarensis) and hornbill.

RD Arleigh J. Adorable (middle) visits the mangrove nursery of Barangay Burayan in San Jose, Tacloban City during a mangrove planting activity held in the area which was participated by DENR employees and the local community in celebration of the Environmental Awareness Month, Climate Change Consciousness Week, and the Clean Air Month (also in photo, Brgy. Chairman Jan Michael De Veyra (left) and ARD for Technical Service Carlito M. Tuballa (right)).

RD Arleigh J. Adorable delivers his message during the National Land Administration and Management System (LAMS) 3rd Quarter Assessment which was hosted by DENR Region 8. LAMS is an information system designed to provide effective management of land records and efficient delivery of land transactions and information services to the public.

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