NaunganProving that community participation in environmental management gains success, the people’s organization Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association (NSJMPA) showcased its newly developed mangrove eco-tourism park in Naungan, Ormoc City to local media practitioners during the World Wetlands Day Celebration in February 2.

Victoriana Entero, President of the NSJMPA said the 191-hectare mangrove eco-park used to be a plain mudflat, devoid of any vegetation. They started their mangrove development project under the Community Based Forest Management (CBFM) Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in 1991, and has now successfully created a mangrove forest from what used to be a plain mudflat within the Ormoc Bay Wetland. 

Established on said site is a mangrove ecotourism park with boardwalk and cottages open to tourists. It features activities such as bird watching, mangrove tour, kayaking, paddle boating, mud swimming, and fishing. 

“This new venture provides livelihood opportunities to our members and the community. The rich mangroves also enhance the biodiversity resources in our area and protect us from impacts of calamities such as typhoons”, Ms. Entero says.

Ms. Entero also adds that their ambitious plan of creating a rich mangrove forest more than two decade ago has paid off with the assistance of partners from non-government organizations such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the local government unit of Ormoc, and other government organizations. This was also made possible with the desire of the community members to contribute in their own little ways to the enhancement of the Ormoc Bay Wetlands.

The office of DENR 8 says that in showcasing the NSJMPA mangrove eco-park, it hopes to gain support from the public for the preservation of the healthy wetlands and restoration of degraded ones as it provides vital ecosystem services related to livelihood, recreation, water quality, biodiversity conservation, and disaster risk reduction. ###


  • Cuatro Islas tourists limited to 500 a day

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    Tourists visiting the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape (CIPLS) in Hindang and Inopacan, Leyte is limited to five hundred (500) per day. This is the reminder posed by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) 8 as influx of tourists to the four scenic islets of Apid, Digyo, Himokilan, and Mahaba increases this summer. Said carrying capacity limit has been adopted by the CIPLS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) from a study conducted by GIZ Protected Area Management Enhanceme…


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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 personnel, BLGU officials, local residents, members of people’s organizations and the media witness the release of various species of birds into Mt. Nacolod.

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.

CENR Officer Joselito Eco plant a tree seedling during the Arbor Day celebration of CENRO Ormoc in Barangay Soob, Albuera, Leyte wherein several participants from people's organization, local community and youth organization joined in the tree planting activity.

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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