The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has advised residents in landslide and flood-prone areas to heed government warnings and emergency alerts as some parts of the country brace for more severe weather conditions.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu cautioned those living along the path of storms, particularly in the eastern seaboard of the country, to be alert and follow warnings from concerned national and local government agencies.

“We are particularly appealing to those living in areas that have already been identified as highly susceptible to landslides and floods to please evacuate as soon as you are told to, so that we can achieve zero casualty,” the environment chief said.

As storm track can change quickly and unexpectedly, Cimatu urged residents in potentially affected areas not to be caught unaware and take advantage of advance warning to get their families safe before it becomes too dangerous to do so.

“Lives are more important than property. Let us all remain safe and alive, especially during this Christmas season,” he pointed out. 

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned of a low pressure area that could possibly develop into tropical cyclone Vinta when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility in the next few days.

Vinta follows on the heels of tropical depression Urduja, which made landfall six times, creating a swath of damage to properties in Visayas and Mindanao, and killing at least 31 people before leaving the country. 

Cimatu also advised the public to use technology to keep abreast of government updates and safety information.

Geohazard maps showing landslide and flood-prone areas are available on the websites of the DENR ( and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau ( These maps are available in 1:50,000 and 1:10,000 scales.  

The DENR has also distributed geohazard maps to local government units for their guidance and use, especially for zoning purposes. 

The agency also has two free mobile applications that contain environmental information, including flood and landslide prone areas. 

The AlertoPinoy and EnvironMentor applications are both map-based and use global positioning system (GPS) technology. ###

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  • 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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