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. ###

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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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