It was during RD Machacon’s time that the Wood Industry Development Authority (WIDA) was created in 1985.  Forester Francisco C. Manaog was designated as OIC Regional Director of WIDA covering the island provinces of Samar and Leyte in Region 8.  Later on, four (4) WIDA Sub-district offices were created in provinces with operating timber licensees.  These were: Dolores, Eastern Samar; Basey, Samar; Laoang, Northern Samar; and San Juan, Southern Leyte.  This set-up was shortlived when the EDSA revolution happened in Feb.25, 1986.

Since its reorganization on June 10, 1987 as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the management of the office had been entrusted to the following Regional Executive Directors:  Marcelino V. Dalmacio – July  22, 1987 to February 1988; Fortunato s. Arcangel – February 1988 to February 1989; Leopoldo L. Ulanday – March 1989 to March 1990; Rosalio B. Goze – March 28, 1990 to January 22, 1992; Augustus L. Momongan – January 23, 1992 to January 1996; Israel C. Gaddi – January 18, 1996 to April 22, 1999; Al Rashid  Ishmael – January 18, 1999 to July 27, 1999; Wilfredo Pollisco – July 28, 1999 to August 24, 1999; Pedro B. Calixto – August 25, 1999 to January 18, 2000; Oscar C. Dominguez – January 21, 2000 to April 23, 2001; Pedro V. Calixto – April 23, 2001 to July 7, 2003; Leonardo R. Sibbaluca – July 7, 2003 to December 15, 2006; Alfredo S. Pascual – December 2006 to January 12, 2009; Regidor M. De Leon – January 12, 2009 to November 10, 2009; Primitivo C. Galinato, Jr. – November 10, 2009 to June 22, 2011; Rogelio T. Trinidad – June 27, 2011 to June  8,  2012; and Manolito D. Ragub – June  9, 2012 to present. 

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.