DENR VIII employees stricken by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 receive their financial aid from the Office of the President. A total of 164 beneficiaries whose houses were totally damaged received P100,000.00 and 594 beneficiaries with partially damaged houses received P30,000.00.

Ms. Thelma C. Calibo, Engineering Aide, is one of the DENR employees who expressed gratitude for the Typhoon Yolanda financial aid. “Finally, I have in my hands this longed-for financial aid. I will use this money to pay for my loans during the reconstruction of our house that was totally damaged by Yolanda,” she said.

On March 21, 2022, Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna handed over the check amounting to P34.2 million to former DENR VIII Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. and Finance Division Chief and EVDENREU President Sonia Mejido for DENR VIII employees affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Acting Secretary Sampulna lauded the tireless efforts of DENR field officials in securing the financial help. He said, the check speaks of DENR’s valued commitment to push tirelessly for the welfare and benefits of its hardworking workforce however long and challenging the waiting has been.

DENR VIII Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar led the distribution of the financial aid to Typhoon Yolanda-stricken DENR employees. Those who are no longer working at the DENR also received the financial aid, including those deceased, through their family.