"These areas employ unique physical and biological significance and must be protected against destructive human exploitation," says Eugenia Bautista, Chief of DENR-8 CDD.

 

To promote environmental awareness and action, the DENR engages the participation of society in its conservation efforts. In 2016, one hundred seventy two (172) individuals residing within or near the protected areas were hired as members of DENR’s Blue/Green Brigade. Said brigade assists the DENR in monitoring and reporting violations of environmental laws within the protected areas.

 

Likewise, to support conservation efforts and ensure sustainable use of natural resources in protected areas, ecotourism development is being pursued in PAs with potentials for ecotourism. Activities such as ecotourism site assessment, development plan preparation, installation of signages, and rehabilitation of ecotourism facilities have been conducted in 2016 for the region's protected areas.

 

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said ecotourism in protected areas is seen to provide livelihood opportunities for the local community involving women, children, and other sectors of society.

 

The protected area management boards which is in-charge of the general administration of protected areas has passed forty six (46) resolutions in 2016 addressing issues, plans, development activities, and other concerns.

 

According to Director Sibbaluca, it is imperative that communities protect the region's environment and its biodiversity resources because life is supported by countless living things on earth. “The department's biodiversity advocacy campaign tagged "Kung wala yun, wala nito" seeks to show that all lives on earth are connected. We are dependent on our biodiversity for our livelihood and sustenance. By properly managing our protected areas, we are conserving its biodiversity resources which sustain all forms of life,” Director Sibbaluca adds.

News

DENR 8 to spearhead synchronized coastal clean-up on International Coastal Clean-up Day

“Let us join millions of people around the globe in rehabilitating and cleaning our coastal areas, seas, rivers and waterways from marine debris that harm our marine life and ecosystems this International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, September 16”, says Assistant Regional Director for Management Service and In-Charge of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 Arturo N. Salazar.

In observance of this year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day, the Conservation and Development Division of the DENR Regional Office and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) will spearhead a clean-up activity along the coast of Panalaron Bay, Cancabato Bay, San Pedro Bay and Mangonbangon River. The activity will start simultaneously in every designated area at six o’clock in the morning of September 16. After the cleanup, a short program will be held at Plaza Rizal, Tacloban City.

Nearly three hundred (300) volunteers will join the event. This includes partners from different agencies and civil society organizations such as ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan, Let’s Do It! Philippines, Philippine National Police, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and PCG-Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Volunteer for the Visayans, Petron Corporation, Tacloban City Rescue Unit (TACRU), Rotary Club of Kandaya, SEED4Com, the city government of Tacloban and other national and local government agencies.

Information from the EMB states that for this year, an orchestrated cleanup will be conducted by donor-partners of the Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program. A synchronized coastal cleanup will also be spearheaded by different DENR field offices in other parts of the region.

The EMB also disclosed that recyclable wastes collected from the clean-up will be sold to junk shops. Proceeds will be donated to Tahanang Walang Hagdan, a non-government organization.

“We enjoin the active participation of the public in cleaning-up our waterways especially this International Coastal Clean-up Day and in ensuring a safe and sound environment beneficial to the health and well-being of the community”, says ARD Salazar.

The International Coastal Cleanup Day is being observed annually every third Saturday of September in consonance with Presidential Proclamation No. 470 signed on September 15, 2003 and consistent with Proclamation No. 244 declaring September as National Clean-up Month.

Photo Releases

Ms. Corazon Makabenta of DENR R8 (left) and representatives of different agencies forming the Samar Fellowship Circle show support for the Spark Samar Development Agenda. Also in photo is Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan - Delos Santos (center).

Participants of the tree planting activity in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day plant talisay seedlings at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte

Women beneficiaries receive their Free Patents from (L-R) a representative of LGU Lilo-an, DENR CENRO San Juan Joejol Cuizon, and So. Leyte ROD Chief Lemy Lotero.

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) released in Bobon, Northern Samar.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents a Certificate of Recognition to Barangay Chairman Noel Tabao for his assistance in implementing DENR programs and projects and strengthening the community’s resilience to climate change.

DENR Personnel takes two (2) baskets of Leyte pond turtles hidden under the seat of the public utility vehicle.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca highlights the role of youth in environmental protection during the 5th Regional Youth Day held in Naval, Biliran.

Atty. Lea Fuentes-Apdo representing Congresswoman Yedda Romualdez leads the ribbon cutting ceremony which marked the opening of the exhibit on DENR 8 Milestones and DENR regional office mini park held on World Environment Day – June 5. She is assisted by (L-R) ARD for Technical Services Carlito Tuballa, RD Leonardo Sibbaluca, MGB RD Raul Laput, EMB Division Chief Maribel Munsayac, and ARD for Management Services Arturo Salazar.

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