Speech delivered by Director Manolito D. Ragub During the opening of the ecotourism exhibit at Robinsons Mall September 11-12, 2013

It’s not only more fun but also more beauty in Region 8!

We welcome you to this exhibit where we showcase with pride our beautiful ecotourism destinations in the region that can compete with other ecotourism sites in the country and even the world. 

But more than seeing what is in the exhibit today, we invite you to personally visit the actual sites so that we can truly appreciate by our own selves what we have in our very own region which we can proudly call our own!

If I get it right, this ecotourism exhibit is the first of its kind in the region.  We thank the management of the Robinsons Mall for accommodating us in this beautiful, comfortable, accessible and ideal venue for this exhibit.  Thank you Robinsons’ Mall management!

I also take this opportunity to thank the organizers of this event, the Department   of Environment and Natural Resources’ Protected Areas Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) headed by Regional Technical Director Danilo A. Javier, the Samar Island Natural Park headed by Protected Area Superintendent Angelito Villanueva, the Department of Tourism headed by our ever supportive Regional Director Karen Teopes and all the participating local government units and partners, for coming up with this exhibit.

As I have said earlier, this exhibit is the first of its kind and we hope to come up with similar activities in the future.  The exhibit runs from September 11 until tomorrow September 12.  We aim to showcase ecotourism ready sites of Leyte, Biliran and Samar provinces in order to invite and attract more local and foreign tourists to the region.

The theme for this exhibit aptly says, “Sustaining Local Socio-Economic Growth through Community Based Ecotourism”, means that we have to highly recognize our partner LGUs who are the exhibitors of their respective ecotourism destination sites. The exhibit also highlights significant community based tourism products and activities in their respective sites which are contributing to the upliftment of the socio-economic condition of the communities in the concerned LGUs.

I hope that as you view the exhibits, you will experience pride and appreciation of the beautiful ecotourism destinations that we have in Region 8 and we can say and thank God that we are truly blessed to have these resources.

As we promote sustainable and responsible ecotourism, let the DENR leave this very important reminder.   “Much as we develop these areas for ecotourism purposes we should always put environmental protection and natural resources conservation at the forefront of all our endeavours, so that our ecotourism areas will remain ecologically balanced and continue to serve its purpose”.

Thank you very much and good afternoon.



DENR Celebrates Ocean Month in May

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8 joins in the country’s annual celebration of May as Ocean Month. This annual celebration is by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 signed in 1999 to highlight the conservation, protection and sustainable management of the country’s coastal resources.

On its 15th year, the annual celebration focuses on the mangrove ecosystem, anchored on the theme “Mangroves Protect. Protect Mangroves.” (Bakawan ay Sanggalan, Sanggalan ang Bakawan). DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said this year’s theme is extremely timely and significant in light of the magnitude of the destruction wrought by Yolanda, which is said to be the strongest tropical typhoon ever recorded.

“Unfortunate the disaster may have been, Yolanda undoubtedly was an instant education for Filipino people on what storm surges are, and was a rude awakening of sort on the state of our coastal communities and their lack of protection from these natural events,” Paje pointed out.


Photo Releases

Calbiga Mayor Melchor Nacario (2nd from R) hands a token of appreciation to DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio (3rd from R) for gracing the building’s blessing. Also in photo are DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca (rightmost), Calbiga SB Member (in stripe top), and SINP Protected Area Superintendent Angelito Villanueva (left most). 

 DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio (4th from R) spearheaded the ceremonial distribution of the relief goods from Asean-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) DENR’s AFoCo Focal Person Orlando Panganiban (1st from R), AFoCo representative Nely Butic (2nd from R), DENR 8 Administrative Division Chief Esther Coral (3rd from R), and DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca (left most) assisted the distribution of the goods.

Gracing the turn-over ceremony of 150 chairs to Eugenio S. Daza Pilot Elementary School (ESDPES) are DENR USec for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio (2nd from R), RED Leonardo Sibbaluca, (4th from R), PENRO Eastern Samar Arturo Salazar (8th from R), and CENRO Borongan Moises dela Cruz (1st from R).

(R)DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio  (2nd from L) inspects the 12-hectare pilot site for the Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation Project in Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City. 

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