ario“The Stormtoopers carry a legacy as partners of the DENR in ensuring environmental protection as deputized agents in the National Greening Program, enforcement of anti-illegal logging and other related laws of the environment, and preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity.”


This is the statement posed by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in recognition of the efforts exerted by the Philippine Army as partner of the Environment Department in implementing its mandate to conserve and ensure proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources.


Joining the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army (PA) in celebrating its 30th Founding Anniversary marked with the theme “Kabulig han molupyo ha kamurayawan ug pag-atiman han kalibungan pakadto han kauswagan”, Secretary Cimatu led the recognition of PA personnel who have shown meritorious achievement in combat and non-combat role as well as civilian partners who have contributed to the accomplishment of the PA’s mission towards peace, environmental protection, and progress.


Among the awardees cited for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of the Philippine Army was Ms. Melba Ariño, Land Management Officer of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Pambujan, Northern Samar.


Ms. Ariño who received the distinguished PA award for the second time has likewise been previously awarded by the PA for extending technical assistance to the Stormtroopers on handling land matters during military’s immersion phase in the barangays.


Secretary Cimatu also led the wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the fallen comrades-in-arms and in recognition of the soldiers' heroism and ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of peace in Eastern Visayas and in Mindanao during the Stormtroopers 30th Founding Anniversary.


The ceremony was attended and witnessed by four of 8IDs Former Division Commanders, retired MGEN Rufo de Vera, retired MGEN Glenn J. Rabonza, USec Arthur Tabaquero, the current Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs and retired MGEN Mario F. Chan, Head Executive Assistant, DENR, soldiers and their loved ones, officers, civilian employees, and invited guests.

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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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