"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.


  • DENR spearheads World Wetlands Day Celebration – Feb 2
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 is joining in the global efforts to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for the community and the environment by celebrating World Wetlands Day on February 2.   Observed annually, World Wetland’s Day marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance on February 2, 1971 in Ramsar City, Iran. This also coincides with the celebration of the National Wetlands Day as provided under Pr…


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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

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