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.


  • DENR 8 conducts lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Harassment

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    One hundred employees participated in the lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Sexual Harassment Law last March 20, 2018. This activity was spearheaded by the Gender and Development of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 8 in celebration of the National Women’s Month. Raising public awareness on Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act (RA 9262) and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act (RA 7877) to both male and female employees was the main objective of lec…


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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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