TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-8) rallies public support for climate change mitigation and adaptation advocacy campaign.

DENR-8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca in an interview said that he is optimistic on the support of the public on the climate change mitigation and adaptation advocacy campaign in the region which is spearheaded by his office in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA-8). “We commit ourselves to participate in the climate change mitigation and adaptation advocacy campaign in Eastern Visayas which aims to achieve environmental stability by planting trees, proper solid waste management as well as other environment related activities,” Sibbaluca said.

Sibbaluca said that around 300 participants from various national government agencies, international and local non-government organizations, private and civic groups, local government units, community-based organizations and stakeholders in Eastern Visayas gathered together to pledge their support during the launching of the advocacy campaign held recently in Candahug, Palo, Leyte.

He added that during the launching, 800 Talisay tree seedlings were planted by the participants covering an area of one half hectare. Sibbaluca said that one of the highlights of the event was the pledge of commitment which was sealed with the signing of an agreement by the various sectors with the DENR for the Adopt-a-Mangrove Forest Program, Sibbaluca said.

“This is aimed at establishing a tree plantation at identified mangrove areas to rehabilitate the damaged mangrove stands and increase the mangrove forest cover in the region,” he said. Sibbaluca added that mangrove rehabilitation and establishment of beach forests is currently being pursued by his office particularly in areas ravaged by supertyphoon Yolanda. (RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT)