The DENR Regional Office 8 and its field offices in Southern Leyte, together with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), conducted information, education, and communication (IEC) activities at the Tomas Oppus Pilot School in Maasin and San Juan Central Elementary School in San Juan, Southern Leyte in celebration of the Month of the Planet Earth.

The IEC activities intended for schoolchildren include presentations on rekindling values for the environment, understanding the value of the environment and natural resources, and disaster preparedness and management.

Also, videos and coloring books featuring the environment and natural resources were distributed and presented. Pinas Basura Buster (PBB), the icon for the Department's ecological solid waste management advocacy campaign was likewise featured during the activity.

In Maasin, the local government unit (LGU) joined the activity and donated waste bins labeled separately for proper waste segregation.

The school heads expressed appreciation to the DENR and its bureaus for reaching out to schools and exerting efforts to educate the children on environmental protection and sustainability.

The IEC activities in Southern Leyte, attended by around two hundred (200) pupils were conducted to increase environmental awareness.