DENR Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change, Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, together with DENR Climate Change Service Director, Elenida Basug led a team of communicators to bring a ray of hope and a dash of encouragement to the community of Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, one of the hard-hit areas during Typhoon Odette. The team, in collaboration with the USAID SIBOL, the DENR Region IV-B led by Regional Executive Director Lormelyn Claudio, and PENR Officer Cayatoc, conducted activities that cheered the women, men, youth, children and the elderly. Among these were:

      *arts for healing and recovery
      *wastong pamamahala ng basura
      *medical checkup
      *giving of gender-responsive relief items
      *non-traditional way of workshop cum lecture facilitation on:
      -community women and youth encounter to build back better
      -community-based risk reduction towards a culture of preparedness and safety; and fun, laughters and good stories.

The activities were part of DENR's advocacies on environmental protection and natural resources conservation, youth leadership, community resilience and gender and development.

These were also facilitated to celebrate with the global community April 22 as Earth Day, and with the local community April as Earth Month.