Migratory birds from the Tundra regions have flocked to the bays of Carigara and Ormoc City in Leyte province to escape from the cold winter of this region to our warmer and tropical climate to feed and roost.

Experts say that migratory birds move from one geographic location to another, usually from a breeding area to a non-breeding area before the onset of winter to avoid impact of harsh weather conditions. During migration flights, the birds stop over at wetland sites to feed and refuel. (Paguntalan, L.M. and Jakosalem, P. G., Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Inc.)

“Apparently, there have been recorded sightings of migratory birds in our wetlands. It only shows that our wetlands are still intact and abundant foods are still available for them,” said Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 Regional Director. He says the monitoring of these migratory birds is essential in the protection and management of these birds as well as the wetlands.

The peak months for migratory birds to arrive in the country is from September to January or sometimes even extends until February.

The Philippines is part of the East Asian / Australasian flyway and serves as host to more than eighty species of migratory birds. It is also home to more than 600 species of resident and migratory birds.

In Eastern Visayas, the wetlands in Carigara Bay and Ormoc Bay are the most frequently visited wetland habitat of these so-called “visitors without passports”. Among these frequent visitors are egrets, ducks, plovers, herons, curlews, sandpipers and greenshanks.

According to RD Barcelo, “We have to step up our monitoring, conservation and management of these birds and our wetlands in order to maintain or even increase migrant bird population.”

Wetlands include all lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves and other coastal areas, coral reefs, and all human-made sites, such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs and salt pans.

The DENR 8 is also closely working with various stakeholders, including local government units, the private sector, scientific community, academe and civil society for the protection and conservation of the country’s biodiversity.

The Philippines currently has seven (7) sites designated as Wetland of International Importance or Ramsar Sites with a surface area of 244,017 hectares. It is also a Contracting Party to the Ramsar Convention or the Convention on Wetlands Especially as Waterfowl Habitat.


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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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