The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 presented a paper entitled “Building Community Resilience to Climate Change Impacts through the National Greening Program (NGP)” to the participants of the 2nd Regional Conference on Climate Change RDE held at the Visayas State University, Baybay City on December 18-20, 2017.

The paper, presented by DENR 8’s Conservation and Development Chief Eugenia Bautista focused on the NGP as a climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy designed to prepare the community for the impacts of climate change. It also presented different ways on how the NGP reduces poverty among marginalized households, taking the experience of the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association (NSJMPA) in Ormoc City.

DENR cited that through the livelihood activities under the NGP, such as seedling production, planting, and maintenance and protection, NSJMPA’s assets as a people’s organization have increased.

They have likewise contributed to the ecological stability of the area by developing desolate mudflats into lush mangrove forests. DENR’s concept paper further cites that the development of mangrove areas and the livelihood opportunities under the NGP has created a more resilient community by providing them with safeguards and coping mechanisms against the impacts of climate change.

The conference served as an avenue for the different institutions to present their papers on how their programs, projects, and activities bring positive impacts to their stakeholders and the environment. It was participated by different local government units, state universities and colleges, civil society organizations, and government organizations engaged in climate change research, development and extension services.

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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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