chief“Make simple acts of goodness for the environment a habit.” DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo makes this call during the culmination activity for the Philippine Environment Month celebration in June which focused on the advocacy to beat plastic pollution.

Director Barcelo shared that while plastic has many valuable uses, people have been over reliant on single-use plastics which brings severe environmental consequences such as clogging city streets and polluting the natural environment.

He posed a challenge to reset each one’s outlook of producing and consuming products, including their own way of life into something that does not prejudice the environment.

“Even little things such as proper disposal of our wastes, refusing the use of plastic cutlery, bringing our own bag when doing our grocery and picking up plastic litters on the pathway matters,” he says.

Besides enjoining partners and the general public to act for the environment and rally towards ending plastic pollution, Director Barcelo also addressed his call to all DENR employees. He says, “We should go beyond the mandate of the Department. Develop personal convictions in our advocacies, reach out to others as true advocates of the environment and convince others to the same.”

Director Barcelo further pointed out that the duty to protect the environment is everyone’s responsibility which should be done from the heart.

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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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