This month of June, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) takes the lead in celebrating several environmental events that all aims to promote environmental protection and sustainable development.  These include the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month (June), World Environment Day (June5), Philippine Eagle Week (June 4-10) DENR Founding Anniversary (June 10), and the Philippine Arbor Day (June 25).

          This year’s theme for the World Environment Day and Philippine Environment Month, “Connecting People to Nature”, seeks to encourage people to go outdoor, appreciate the beauty and importance of nature, and take part in the call to protect Mother earth. It also aims to add consciousness to the relationship of people with nature, underscoring the connectivity and dependency of human on nature in many ways.

          The celebration of World Environment Day on June 5 was highlighted with a ribbon cutting ceremony which marked the opening of the DENR exhibit showcasing the milestones of DENR region 8 in environmental protection from 1987-2017, and the opening of the DENR mini-park. The event was graced by Atty. Lea Fuentes Apdo who represented Congresswoman Yedda Marie Romualdez.

          Other activities lined-up for the celebration of the different environmental events this month of June include tree planting, clean-up, conferences, and media orientations.

          DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca once again encouraged everyone to take part in the Department’s environmental protection and conservation efforts. He said, “as we celebrate the Philippine Environment Month and other environmental events let’s all be reminded of our role as stewards of the earth. Let’s join hands in making our one and only earth a better place to live.”

          The celebration of June as the Philippine Environment Month is by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1988 by then President Corazon Aquino.

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DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

Tacloban City communities join this year’s #InternationalCoastalCleanUp activities. DENR Region 8, together with other government agencies and private institutions joined hands in cleaning up the coastal areas and waterways within the city.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Samar in Catbalogan City. During his interface with DENR employees in Samar province, Secretary Cimatu laid his plans to help reduce poverty. Among these are increasing livelihood opportunities through the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP), reinventing mining to ensure that the country’s mineral resources will benefit the people without compromising the environment, and promoting cacao commodity to augment the livelihood of NGP PO beneficiaries in Samar.

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