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Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca is the 17th Regional Executive Director (RED) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in Region 8 and the first Regional Director (RD) of the DENR8 since its functional structure was rationalized under the government’s rationalization program per Executive Order No. 366. Prior to his appointment as RED on December 19, 2013, he was the Head of the River Basin Control Office (RBCO) at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City.

While heading the RCBO, RD Sibbaluca was given the tall order of DENR Secretary Ramon Paje, to head the rescue and rehabilitation efforts for the DENR employees in Region 8 who were affected by the strongest typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) to ever hit the world on November 8, 2013.

With grace and fervor, RED Sibbaluca accepted the order of the Secretary. He was able to mobilize and secure assistance from the different sectors ad DENR Central Office and Regional offices to rescue, rehabilitate and the employees and the offices affected by said typhoon. The tall order include providing relief assistance and stress debriefing to the affected employees and their families, cleaning the debris (including the DENR damaged vehicles) as aftermath of the typhoon and storm surge; and refurbishing the office ready for normal operation by January 15, 2014.

The swift transition of the operation of the DENR Eastern Visayas to normalcy, has catapulated the assignment of RD Sibbaluca as full time head of the regional operation, hence Secretary Paje assigned him to lead the DENR Region 8.

RD Sibbaluca always proudly tells that he hails from poor family in Bambang, Mangga, Penablanca, Cagayan in Region 2. However, this did not hinder him from soaring to higher heights of his career and being a successful family man.

He finished Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Isabela State University in 1974 and his post graduate studies in Public Management at U.P – SLCT Consortium in 1981. Currently he is pursuing his dissertation writing to complete his Doctor in Public Administration at La Salette University.

He successfully passed the examinations for Forest Technician, Foresters’  Board Examination, Armed Forces of the Philippines GCT (Direct Commission) and the Career Executive Service Board putting him now as Career Executive Service Office at the third rank (CESO III).

Fresh from college, he started his government stint on October 1973 as a Casual Laborer of he Bureau of Forest Development (BFD) then worked in 1974 with a private company as Forest  Department In-Charge. As a young professional, RD Sibbaluca tried to explore other fields when he entered the military as probitionary 2nd Lieutenant from 1975 to 1976. Dictated by passion for the forestry field, he left the military and joined again the forces of the Bureau of Forest Development as Casual Forester in the later part of 1976. He rose from the ranks serving the environment and natural resources sector in various capacities in the Bureau of Forest Development and now Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as Regional Director.

In his 38 uninterrupted years of service at the military and the DENR, RD Sibbaluca attended various technical and managerial trainings locally and internationally. This molded him into a high calibre regional executive. To name few of his international trainings are: Policy conference on Environment Development and Biodiversity Conservation held in Malaysia; Environment Management Program held in Japan; Negotiation and Mediation Techniques for conflict Management held in Thailand; Mangrove Forest Ecology Forum on Watershed Governance held in Florida, USA; Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation held in Sweden and a Follow Through Training on Climate Change Mitigation in Vietnam and lately in Cambodia; Biodiversity Conservation and Ecotourism in London, United Kingdom; 13th World Forestry Congress in Argentina; Seminar on Clean Energy for Development in China; Environment and Biodiversity Conservation in South Korea; Wood Pellet Manufacturing also in South Korea; Peatland Conservation and Management in Malaysia; Environmental Information and Intelligence Management Course in Indonesia.

RD Sibbaluca is happily married to Delilah Malayao also a registered Forester with whom he is blessed with seven (7) children who are now professional and successful in their respective fields of expertise.


DENR spearheads tree planting in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day

ArborDayThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 highlights the celebration of this year’s Philippine Arbor Day by spearheading a tree planting activity at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte.

The event was participated by over two hundred (200) volunteers from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Palo, barangay local government unit of Salvacion, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tacloban Chapter, Pepsi Cola, Office of Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez, DENR regional office, CENRO Palo, PENRO Leyte, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Read more...

Photo Releases

DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents the region’s central nursery and the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove Rehabilitation Project site at Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Director Javier Manazares (seated, 3rd from left) and Demetrio Innocenti (seated, 4th from left). The project implemented in 2014 in the hardest hit provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar by Typhoon Yolanda envisions to restore the lush mangroves in said areas, emphasizing on the crucial role these mangroves play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion, serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves, and mitigating the unavoidable impacts of climate change. GCF visited the area for an ocular inspection in response to the request of Secretary Lopez for financial assistance in support to the department’s programs and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also in photo are (seated L-R) ERDB Director Henry Adornado, ASec Junie Hernandez, Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada of the Performance and Projects Management Office, office of the Cabinet Secretary.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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