By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 27, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The officers of 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army led by its Commander, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio had a dialogue with the officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office 8 led by Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, CESO III, Regional Executive Director on April 25, 2019 at Headquarters, 8ID and renewed commitments on mutual support towards Environmental Protection and Livelihood Enhancement of the communities in the region.
During the discussion, joint endeavors have been agreed upon, involving the local communities in the National Greening Program and in the protection and preservation of the environment to sustain ecological balance and biodiversity. These could be conducted through the Community-Based Forest Management scheme involving the residents of the mountainous areas in the protection and preservation of natural parks, reforestation of denuded areas and promotion of eco-tourism.
It can be recalled that during the 30th Founding Anniversary of the Stormtroopers Division, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu of DENR recognized the contribution of 8ID in the Environmental Protection of the region being one of the deputized agencies of the government.
Atty. Barcelo expressed his gratitude to 8ID for hosting the dialogue as a manifestation good working relationship between said government agencies as a showcase whole of the government approach in the pursuit of peace and development.
In his response, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, who is also the Commander of Joint Task Force “STORM” said that “gusto lang naming tumulong na maipaabot ang kaukulang mga programa at mga proyekto ng gobyerno sa mga malalayong barangays na nangangailangan para ma-empower ang mga opisyales at residente doon.”