The head office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently created a Task Force to fast track the processing and distribution of residential and agricultural free patents for the Community of Typhoon Yolanda Survivors and Partners (CYSP) in the Province of Eastern Samar.

According to DENR Survey and Mapping Division Chief Ramon Unay, the Task Force was created to address the request of the CYSP for speedy processing and distribution of free patents in the municipalities of Lawaan, Balangiga, and Giporlos in Eastern Samar.

He also said that the creation of the Task Force by the Central Office is in support to a DENR Regional Special Order issued in May of this year which authorized the creation of a composite team to address the key land issues affecting Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

Engr. Unay disclosed that some of the issues identified by the regional composite team include difficulty in acquiring titles for shelter reconstruction in Lawaan, Balangiga, Giporlos, Hernani, Gen. Macarthur and Llorente resulting to the delay in the construction and delivery of houses to survivor-beneficiaries. Also, most of the beneficiaries of the shelter assistance are not affected by the delineation of the 40-meter easement or the no build/no permanent dwelling zone, and monuments are not visible on the ground hindering the identification of the rightful beneficiaries.

Actions by the composite team to remedy the identified issues include completion of foreshore survey/delimitation of the concerned three (3) municipalities and overlaying of same to the existing Cadastral Map for transmission to the Municipal Assessor, validation of survey claimants along the 40m strip by the Brgy. Chairman together with the USWAG ESTE Organization, holding of barangay assemblies facilitated by the respective barangay councils, DENR-CENRO and partner NGOs, and extending assistance relative to land titling activity.

“The merging of efforts by the DENR-R8 Composite Team and the recently created Task Force by the DENR Central Office is expected to finally benefit its target beneficiaries. We are optimistic that the strengthened Task Force shall expedite the processing and distribution of free patents for the Community of Typhoon Yolanda Survivors and Partners in Eastern Samar”, Engr. Unay says.

The newly created Task Force is headed by Engr. Henry Pacis of the Land Management Bureau (LMB) DENR Central Office. Its Vice-chairman is DENR 8 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Carlito M. Tuballa, with members from the DENR 8 Survey and Mapping Division, PENROs and CENROs of affected areas.


  • Cuatro Islas tourists limited to 500 a day

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    Tourists visiting the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape (CIPLS) in Hindang and Inopacan, Leyte is limited to five hundred (500) per day. This is the reminder posed by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) 8 as influx of tourists to the four scenic islets of Apid, Digyo, Himokilan, and Mahaba increases this summer. Said carrying capacity limit has been adopted by the CIPLS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) from a study conducted by GIZ Protected Area Management Enhanceme…


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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 personnel, BLGU officials, local residents, members of people’s organizations and the media witness the release of various species of birds into Mt. Nacolod.

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.

CENR Officer Joselito Eco plant a tree seedling during the Arbor Day celebration of CENRO Ormoc in Barangay Soob, Albuera, Leyte wherein several participants from people's organization, local community and youth organization joined in the tree planting activity.

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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