CENR Officer of Palo

CENR Officer Manuel Gacita Ferreras heads the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Palo, Leyte.CENR Officer Ferreras hails from Pinamitinan, Marabut, Samar. He is married and is blessed with two children.

He finished his Forestry studies at the former Visayas College of Agriculture (VISCA) now Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte. He graduated in Master in Management from the Asian Development Foundation in Tacloban City.

He started his career in the DENR as Forestry Supervisor I on September 16, 1988 and rose from the ranks until he was appointed as CENR Officer on January 2, 2004. In his 28 years of dedicated service to the DENR, CENRO Ferreras has been given various awards and recognitions by different private and government sectors. He has also attended various technical and managerial trainings. To mention some of these trainings are: CENRO Management Course; Training Workshop on Good Government Governance for DENR Field Managers; Environmental Management and 1991 Local Government Code; Trainers Training on Oplan Anti Fake Titling; PENRO/CENRO Orientation Course; Forest Land Evaluation and Land Use Planning; Jet Stream Program and others.

CENRO Ferreras is an active member of the Society of Filipino Foresters (SFF). As a CENR Officer, his feels more contended and happy as a top achiever in forest protection and law enforcement aside from accomplishing the other mandates of the DENR field operations.


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.