recThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) now chairs Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC), a committee created to effectively implement the programs and activities approved by the country’s policy making body for ecotourism, the National Ecotourism Development Council (NEDC).

Chairmanship of the REC has been turned-over to the DENR from the Department of Tourism (DOT) after three years in consonance with Executive Order No. 111 signed by President Joseph Estrada on June 17, 1999 mandating the DENR and the DOT to chair the REC on a 3-year rotational basis.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepted the task of heading EV’s REC saying that the committee shall ensure that ecotourism activities in the region are implemented to reduce poverty and promote protection of the environment, and that all ecotourism developments are geared towards enhancing the region’s natural resources and minimizing the risk of biodiversity loss.

DOT 8 Officer-in-Charge Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy said that the region’s tourism Department is committed to extend full support to the DENR as it heads the REC.

Executive Order 111 on Establishing the Guidelines for Ecotourism Development in the Philippines mandates the REC composed of the Regional Directors of DOT and DENR, NEDA-PCSD, Private Sector Representative, and NGO Representative to review, evaluate, approve, and monitor ecotourism projects, implement policies, guidelines, programs, projects and activities formulated by the NEDC, identify networks of ecotourism sites, recommend plans and programs for ecotourism, and perform other activities as may be prescribed by the NEDC. ###


  • 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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