arbor1A total of 56 personnel from CENRO Ormoc, Aktibong Grupo sa mga Magsasaka sa Mahayahay (AGSAM), SUFO and Civilian Volunteer gathered last June 22 , 2018 as it marked the community tree planting at Sitio Soob, Barangay Poblacion in Albuera, Leyte.

In celebration of the 155th year of Philippine Forestry Service and Arbor Day, CENRO Ormoc spearheaded the tree planting activity with the theme, “Tara Na’t Magtanim” which aims to encourage and engage the community in planting and protecting the planted seedlings.

Arbor Day, which comes from the Latin word “arbor” meaning, “tree” is a tradition wherein groups are encouraged to plant trees in the community. It also recognizes the necessary action to promote a healthier ecosystem for our people and to develop public awareness on the importance of trees.

A total of 1,145 indigenous seedlings with 3x3 spacing were planted in the Sibugay Watershed area. Species like Terminalia microcarpa (Kalumpit), Dracontomelon dao (Dao), Diospyrus philippininses (Kamagong), Petersianthus quadrialatus (Toog), Litsea glutinosa (Puso- puso), Pterospermum obliquum (Kutatingan).

This event is stressed in Republic Act No.10176 ,which enjoins the Local Government Units to celebrate the Arbor Day as an Annual Event to promote a healthier ecosystem through rehabilitation, geared to attain food security and re-greening of the environment. (Chloe Fermin, student intern)

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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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