DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga paid a special visit to the DENR Regional Office VIII to meet and greet DENR 8 key officials after joining President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. in the commemorative program for the 10th year anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013.
Secretary Loyzaga also visited the beach forest planting site in Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City, one of the hardest-hit areas during the typhoon. The planting activity conducted in the area on November 7, 2023 forms part of the region's Yolanda commemorative activities. It was conducted to highlight the importance of beach forests and mangroves in protecting the coastal ecosystem. It also marked the survival and resilience of the communities in Eastern Visayas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
“There is always room for us to work together, and DENR's role is to provide support for disaster and climate resilience. The challenge is to deliver the best science for the best action so that the people will be ready for the effects of climate change," Secretary Loyzaga said.
During her visit, she also met and recognized the Basiao Native Weavers Association (BANWA), a people's organization composed of women mat weavers based in Basey, Samar.
Secretary Loyzaga was joined by the Undersecretary for Field Operations - Luzon, Visayas and Environment Juan Miguel Cuna, Undersecretary for Organizational Transformation and Human Resources Augusto Dela Peña and Head Executive Assistant Jose Joaquin Loyzaga.