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                 "Our mother Earth is the only planet that we have! We cannot live in other planet like Mars, Jupiter or others, except here on Earth. Therefore, we must care for it as we care for our lives. We are part of the environment. Don't let it die, because it's dying every minute as we want only to throw garbage. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time to plant is today. Let's continue to be n Earth Warriors as Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants us to be", reveals Dulag, Leyte Mayor elect Mildred Joy Que on the occasion of the Synchronized Tree Planting Activity held at Brgy., Sabang, Daguitan Dulag, Leyte during the Nagkaurosa ngan Sabangnon Katilingban Service Cooperative (NASAKASECO)'s first anniversary on November 20, 2016.

               The NASASECO is a federation of cooperative whose members are composed of ordinary laborers, farmers, surfers and fishermen which are now earning income from COOP's livelihood activities. This is duly registered with the Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA). It takes charge in the management and protection of the beach area in Brgy. Sabang, called as Surf Camp, which they develop into a beach resort. The area draws a lot of tourist and visitors because of the wavy ocean which is ideea for surfing. It has also the Sabang Daguitan River which the COOP is developing for a river cruise.

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               On their first anniversary, some 1,000 participants from different cooperatives in Leyte and Samar together with other government offices like the DENR, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and the local government of Dulag, planted about 1,500 seedlings of beach forest species such as Bitaog, TAlisay, Kalumpit and other beach forest tree species.

               DENR, Region 08, Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca who guested in the same activity thanked all the participants who joined the tree planting activity. He emphasized that the DENR, through its field offices in PENRO Leyte headed by PENR Officer Ranulfo Q. Arbiol abd the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Palo, headed by CENR Officer Manuel Ferreras is always available as far as the development and greening of the area is concerned through its National Greening Program.

               "There is a need to plant trees in this area considering its potential to ecotourism which will in turn provide livelihood to the community. The trees are needed to protect the area and sustain its aesthetic beauty", RD Sibbaluca added.


 

     



 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.