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. ###


  • Cimatu lauds law enforcement authorities behind large wildlife bust

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has commended personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the rescue of over 300 smuggled live animals and arrest of four suspects in what has been dubbed as one of the country’s largest wildlife busts. The successful operation was carried out on Tuesday by joint operatives from the NBI-Environmental Crime Division and the DENR’s Philippine Operations Group of Ivory and Ille…


Photo Releases

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.

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.

CIMATU INSPECTS CONFISCATED ENDANGERED SPECIES. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu inspects the confiscated sulfur crested cockatoos (Cacatua galerita) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City with BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim (beside Cimatu). Three species of the cockatoos including the moluccan cockatoo (cacatua moluccensis) and the black palm cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus) totaling 154 heads were confiscated by the joint forces of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (DENR POGI) and the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division in a buy-bust operation in Pasay City. The cockatoo is considered an endangered species and is listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Its trade should be subject to a CITES export permit from the country of origin and a CITES import permit from the country of destination. A total of 316 heads of species were confiscated in the successful operation.

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