“Sining ak kultura para sa kalikasan” highlighted this year's Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park (MVNP) Outdoor Festival in Burauen and La Paz, Leyte. 


Spearheaded by DENR’s Leyte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and the local government units of Burauen and La Paz in Leyte, students were invited to join in a painting competition and traditional Filipino games (laro ng lahi) held within the MVNP. An open-air market showcasing local delicacies, indigenous foods, agricultural products, fresh water fish and other aquatic products was also set-up by the locals for the visitors and festival spectators.


The event first held in 2016, is conducted every 3rd of February to commemorate the proclamation of the Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. This also seeks to showcase the resources within the protected area and its ecotourism potentials which offer an opportunity for the community to be one with nature. The activity is likewise expected to raise the environmental awareness of the community and intensify collaborative efforts to preserve and protect the Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park.


Proclaimed as one of the region's seven protected areas, Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park is endowed with diverse range of floral and faunal species. It exhibits natural stands of century old trees, volcano, lakes, hot springs, waterfalls and a fresh and clean atmosphere. ###


  • 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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