"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 8 conducts lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Harassment

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    One hundred employees participated in the lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Sexual Harassment Law last March 20, 2018. This activity was spearheaded by the Gender and Development of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 8 in celebration of the National Women’s Month. Raising public awareness on Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act (RA 9262) and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act (RA 7877) to both male and female employees was the main objective of lec…


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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.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

Participants to the tree planting activity in celebration of National Women’s Month and International Day of Forest plant mangrove propagules in one of the most devatated areas in Tacloban City when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region in November 2013.

The speaker urge participants to respect women, support their children, love their family and share what they learned to other people and advocate women’s rights during a lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Harassment in celebration of the National Women's Month.

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