Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office

Catbalogan City, Samar




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Annual observance of the National Women's Month, bearing the theme: "WE MAKE CHANGE WORK FOR WOMEN" at which PENRO Samar conducted various GAD-related activities.  The month-long celebration in March 2019 was spearheaded by PENRO GAD Focal Person, in close coordination with the CENROs and other concerned agencies.


March 18, 2019 . PENR Office . Bloodletting . PENRO and CENROs / DOH Medical Staff


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A. National Greening Program

      The National Greening Program (NGP) is a massive forest rehabilitation program of the government established by virtue of Executive Order No. 26 issued on Feb. 24, 2011 by President Benigno S. Aquino III. It seeks to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide within a period of six years, from 2011 to 2016.

      Aside from being a reforestation initiative, the NGP is also seen as a climate change mitigation strategy as it seeks to enhance the country’s forest stock to absorb carbon dioxide, which is largely blamed for global warming. It is also designed to reduce poverty, providing alternative livelihood activities for marginalized upland and lowland households relating to seedling production and care and maintenance of newly-planted trees.


      CY 2018 has been a challenging year for the implementation of the Expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) in the Province of Samar. For CY 2018, PENRO Samar has a regular target of 1,865,200 seedlings and/or planting materials composed of different commodities such as Agroforestry, Cacao, Timber, Bamboo and Nipa which is aimed to be planted on 1,555.0 hectares remaining denuded and unproductive forestland within the province of Samar. That out of the 1,865,000 target number of planting materials, our partner People’s Organizations produced a total of 1,967,790 planting materials or equivalent to 105%.  A total of 1,562 hectares or 100% hectares has been established out of the 1,555.0 hectares target.


      Likewise, in relation to the rehabilitation of our mangrove areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda, a total of 9 hectares have been rehabilitated through mangrove rehabilitation to the 940 hectares identified areas to be rehabilitated under the Yolanda Recovery and Rehabilitation Project (YRRP). A total of 2,548,000 propagules has been produced vis-à-vis the 2,275,000 planting materials annual target. Additional targets in support to the implementation of the eNGP were also downloaded by the request of the Other initiatives in support to the eNGP has been made possible. The local government units of Samar under the 1st and 2nd district in their quest for the sustainable forestry and agriculture and in support to the Expanded National Greening requested for the downloading of funds amounting to 20 million for the areas under the 1st District of Samar which aims to plant 472,000 Pili and Cacao quality planting materials to be planted to 944 hectares within the 1st District of Samar. For the 2nd District of Samar, another 20 million has been downloaded to this office for the establishment of 913 hectares to be planted with 456,000 cacao quality planting materials.


      Overall, PENRO Samar had a total target of 4,352.0 hectares for CY 2018 implementation of the Expanded National Greening Program. Strategies and innovations were undertaken in order to ensure the accomplishment of the targets for CY 2018. The proper planning, close monitoring and supervision on the implementation of the project played vital role in the accomplishment of the program and projects.  Likewise, convergence with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and other Government Agencies (OGAs) and the Peoples’ Organizations. Above all, the untiring efforts of our field officers from the two CENROs of Catbalogan and Sta. Rita who in their best of their knowledge and skills dedicated themselves in the accomplishments of targets in the name of public service in order to attain the major goals of the Expanded National Greening Program.


     To know more about NGP, click here.

B. Cadastral Survey, Land Management and Disposition

     The Cadastral Survey Program in the country started way back in 1913, with the enactment of Commonwealth Act No. 2259, otherwise known as the Cadastral Act. But through the years, the project has not been given enough resources for its implementation.

     In 1992, with the passage of Republic Act No. 7160, also known as the Local Government Code of 1991, the functions to conduct cadastral survey, lot survey, and isolated and special surveys were among the functions of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that were devolved to the local government units (LGUs).

     Ten years later, in 2012, it was found out that not a single municipality had completed its cadastral survey due to lack of manpower and financial resources. This prompted the DENR, through DENR Administrative Order No. 2001-23, to get back from the LGUs the devolved functions to execute, supervise and manage land surveys.

      Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Cadastral Survey

     For more information on land projects, click here.

     In order to spur economic growth and productivity of idle land, the DENR is issuing Free Patents on residential land covers untitled residential lands in public alienable and disposable lands that are zoned by LGUs as residential areas, including town sites, public schools, municipal halls, public plazas or parks, delisted and abandoned military camps or reservations.

     Any Filipino citizen who is an actual occupant of a residential land for at least 10 years may apply for a free patent.

     For PENRO Samar's part we already processed and issued 642 residential lots, 380 agricultural lots and 9 special patents for CY 2015 as of October 2015.

For more information on Free Patent Application, click here.




  • Public warned vs. misleading info on cost of processing land title

    The Land Management Bureau (LMB) has urged the public to ignore and stop sharing a Facebook post claiming that P50.00 is all it takes to secure a land title, calling it “misleading and erroneous.”…


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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