Cong. Leni Robredo hails champions for the environment

Share your expertise in protecting the environment and in saving lives

     This was in sum, the message Camarines Sur 3rd district representative Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo told five winners of DENR Bicol’s Saringaya awardees: Luzviminda Oropesa (Individual category), Lorena G. Abanes who represented the Alliance of Young Professionals for Social and Environmental Development, Inc. (Civil Society Organization (CSO) category), Dr. Minerva Morales representing Catanduanes State University (Academe category), Edgar Aurellano representing Aboitiz Power Renewable, Inc. (Industry category) and Hon. Mayor Eduardo Severo representing the Municipality of Calabanga, Camarines Sur (LGU category).

    “Saringaya Awards is important in showcasing innovations that help protect the environment. We need to find doable strategies. We must shun mediocrity and push for excellence. Most of all we need to find cheaper ways to solve our environmental issues. My call is for everyone to lay down your expertise and effort if only to save more resources from being wasted and lives from being claimed,” she admonishes.

    It is important as it is inclusive. Rep. Robredo observed that the Saringaya winners did not just come from DENR covered industries but also from CSOs, LGUs, the academe, environmental champions, and the youth. “We need to let everyone join the conversation. New blood is always good blood. Let us not turn away from anyone just because they do not know the right methodology or understand the environmental jargon. As new advocates join we are ensured that protecting the environment becomes a nationwide concern,” she asserts.

   On a lighter note she recalled that her relationship with Sec. Jesse Robredo began when she joined the latter’s team at the Bicol river Basin Project. “The environment was one of the reasons why we got together in the first place.” Recalling how staunchly the good Secretary worked before, during, and after each calamity she also surmised that nature “will listen to no ordinance or law.”

    In closing she thanked the awardees for what they do and she expressed hope that everyone will continue being inspired to work for the environment bearing in mind that they save lives as well as protect the future generations.

   The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol initiated Saringaya Awards now on its 15th year to promote co-management in protecting, managing and restoring the country’s environment and natural resources.

Broadcast Release: July 1, 2015

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STATEMENT OF DENR SECRETARY GINA LOPEZ ON THE PROPOSED UNDERWATER THEME PARK IN CORON, PALAWAN

“If the underwater theme park would cause the destruction of corals, right away, I will say no way. The fishermen need corals. The corals are the home for the fish, and some of our corals have shells and sponges that can cure cancer. I will never allow our biodiversity to be killed for money that some people want to make.

The Philippines is a country of seven thousand islands, which has the highest endemism per unit area in the entire world, while Palawan is the number one island destination in the planet. It has rich biodiversity and lots of ecotourism potentials that should be primarily tapped by the Filipino people for the Filipino people.

In any case, whatever decision that the DENR will make shall be filtered and anchored on social justice, which means that the marine resources of Palawan should benefit the greater majority.”###

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