In an effort to fully rehabilitate the coastal areas damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 tapped the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative to conduct special studies, design and development in support to forestry and environmental management operations in Cancabato Bay, in Tacloban City and its vicinities.

Contracted in September 2017, PH Haiyan took off with the research component of the project which include activities such as GIS and bathymetric mapping, analysis of sea water, survey of existing flora and fauna in Cancabato Bay, and baseline perception survey. These activities seek to determine future climate change mitigation and adaptation interventions for the residents of coastal areas, and track changes brought by the implementation of different mangrove rehabilitation, protection, and management interventions.

Following the survey and other research activities, PH Haiyan started its mangrove development activities including establishment of nursery, production of planting materials, and planting to rehabilitate mangrove areas which was reported to have saved the lives of the residents in coastal areas during Typhoon Yolanda.

DENR PENRO Leyte says the series of planting activities shall be done in different coastal barangays of Tacloban City with existing mangroves and areas suitable for mangrove plantation. For this project, PH Haiyan is set to plant 383,318 mangroves in an aggregate area of forty six hectares until December 2018.

Late last year, PH Haiyan concentrated on rehabilitating twelve (12) hectares of mangrove areas in Brgy. Tagpuro, Tacloban City. The planting activity was done in cooperation with barangay local residents.

According to PH Haiyan’s Project Forester Tiburcio Simbulan, for each area planted, the barangay council is expected to pass a resolution imposing strict protection of the mangrove plantations.

Meanwhile, the DENR says that under this project, it is expected that mangrove areas within the Cancabato Bay will be properly mapped, delineated, assessed, developed and reforested. ###


  • DENR spearheads World Wetlands Day Celebration – Feb 2
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 is joining in the global efforts to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for the community and the environment by celebrating World Wetlands Day on February 2.   Observed annually, World Wetland’s Day marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance on February 2, 1971 in Ramsar City, Iran. This also coincides with the celebration of the National Wetlands Day as provided under Pr…


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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

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.

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