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Philippines : DENR8 undertakes efforts to preserve Lake Danao Natural Park.

Efforts are being undertaken to protect and preserve the unique and fragile ecosystem of Lake Danao Natural Park in Ormoc City, one of the Regions seven protected areas declared under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act of 1992.

The move of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the region is in response to a report from Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) in Ormoc disclosing that the 6.5 quake which jolted some parts of Leyte caused numerous landslides in Mt. Banao and other areas within the protected area including Brgy. Lake Danao and Brgy. Milagro and damaged forests in said areas.

It also disturbed the biodiversity and the natural habitat of wildlife species in the area.

DENR regional director Leonardo Sibbaluca said the after effects of the earthquake that jolted the protected area not only threatens its rich biodiversity but also puts the lives and properties of the residents in the area at risk.

Thus, relocating the residents in said protected areas are being advised to lessen the impacts of mans activities on the environment affected by the earthquake.

Sibbaluca stressed that besides the danger, everyone should know that squatting or occupying any land in a protected area, except by qualified tenured migrants or indigenous communities is prohibited under Republic Act 7486 otherwise known as NIPAS Act of 1992.

Maita Reina G. Sucgang, chief of DENR8 public affairs office, informed that based on lake shore markings, the water level of Lake Danao receded by one meter.

Lake Danao is a major source of water of Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) supplying water to Tacloban and other Leyte towns.

Earlier, the Bureau of Mines and Geosciences Bureau informed that Eastern Visayas is located within the two diastrophisms in the Philippine archipelago - the Philippine fault zone which is located on the mid-portion of Leyte Island and the Philippine trench which is found on the east offshore of Samar.

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Date:Aug 2, 2017
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