"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 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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