Brief Organizational History


        The DENR had its beginnings in the old Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

        In May 1974, the DANR was split into two departments though P.D. 461 in recognition of the fact that natural resources and agriculture were broad and diversified concerns. As such, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was mandated to ensure the conservation, optimal utilization, and programmed exploitation of the country's natural wealth.

        With the shift to a parliamentary form of government in 1978, the DENR became the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). In 1984, by virtue of Executive Order No 967, the management of the fisheries sector, through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), was transferred from the MNR to the Ministry of Agriculture.

        The events of February 1986 brought about radical changes which altered the character of the MNR. First, President Corazon Aquino issued Executive Order No. 131 on January 30, 1987 creating the Department of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (DEENR). The DEENR, however, was again reorganized into the present Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in June 1987 under Executive Order No. 192.

PENRO Samar History

PENR Officers of Samar















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Photo Releases

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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