ciplsTourists visiting the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape (CIPLS) in Hindang and Inopacan, Leyte is limited to five hundred (500) per day.

This is the reminder posed by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) 8 as influx of tourists to the four scenic islets of Apid, Digyo, Himokilan, and Mahaba increases this summer.

Said carrying capacity limit has been adopted by the CIPLS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) from a study conducted by GIZ Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) project which recommends limiting visitors to 500 per day particularly on Digyo Island. The study also recommends limiting snorkelers to two hundred (200) per day and entry of boat to the island at twenty (20) utmost per day. Boat operators are likewise expected to strictly use designated docking areas and mooring zones to mitigate reef destruction caused by indiscriminate anchoring.

These proposals from the study conducted by GIZ PAME were adopted for implementation through a PAMB Resolution in September 2016. The PAMB, chaired by the Regional Director of the DENR, decides on matters relating to planning, protection, and general administration of protected areas.

The DENR stressed that economic improvement through local tourism should not be at the expense of the environment, and one way to lessen the pressure on the fragile ecosystem of CIPLS is strictly imposing a carrying capacity limit. It further emphasized that this shall avoid overcrowding in the area which may cause damage to the island’s healthy reef colonies, marine and other biodiversity resources, and its pristine surroundings.

The CIPLS is one of the seven protected areas in the region declared under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. It was proclaimed as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) through Presidential Proclamation No. 270 on April 23, 2000.

The MPA boasts of white sandy shores surrounded by beautiful coral gardens, which are considered one of the best in Leyte Island. It is home to countless diverse coastal and marine organisms, wildlife and ecosystems. It also showcases an underwater paradise ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. The limestone formation in most of the islands represent fossil of coral reefs and fauna in the area. The Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape has recently been a favorite destination by local and foreign avid explorers and eco-tourists. ###

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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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