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. ###


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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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