“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. ###


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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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