Women and men paid tribute to Mother Earth this Women’s Month by planting one thousand (1,000) seedlings of talisay in a four-hectare area at Sabang Daguitan, Dulag, Leyte.
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Partners from OGAs and CSOs plant beach forest

seedlings at Sabang Daguitan, Dulag Leyte in

celebration of the National Women’s Month.

Employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippine Army (PA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), partners from other government agencies, civil society organizations, and the local government unit of Dulag joined hands in developing the planting site which forms part of the Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation Project. This government project intends to safeguard coastal communities from the impacts of storm surge.

DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said the environment department believes that women effectively bring positive change into our environment. “Involving women in environmental activities is a way of recognizing them as potent partners in environmental protection and natural resources conservation,” he says.

DENR 8’s celebration of this year’s Women’s Month anchored on the theme “We make Change Work for Women,” kicked-off with the One Billion Rising campaign against sexual and physical violence. To foster awareness and empower women, a lecture series on anti-sexual harassment and violence against women and children was also held for DENR employees.

March was declared Women’s Month under Proclamation Nos. 224 and 227, while the first week of March was declared Women’s Week. March 8 is Women’s Rights and International Peace Day, and is known locally as National Women’s Day as declared by Philippine law.

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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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