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



        The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V joined the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) – Bicol Chapter and several stakeholders during the 2nd Bicol Mining Summit on July 19-21, 2017 in Legazpi City.

          To kick-start the event, a Zumba and Color Fun Run with the theme, “Color Fun Run: Mine for Life” started at the Bicol University Commencement Grounds at 6 o’clock in the morning of July 19, 2017. Mario Nolledo, a DENR V Employee bagged the first place during the said activity.

          The summit was highlighted by a Mine Exhibit at the Legazpi City Convention Center. Following the opening ceremonies, a bowling tournament at the Embarcadero de Legazpi, Mine Symposium, Mayor’s Night, Students’ Congress and City Tour, among others are some of the activities lined-up during this three-day event.

        DENR V Regional Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, in her message, during the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the Mine Exhibit stressed the essence of sustainable and responsible mining.

         With this year’s Mining Summit theme, “An Approach towards Sustainable, Responsible and Environment-Friendly Mineral Development in Bicol”, DENR hopes for the enlightenment of the public on various mining issues and concerns, which are far from over.###

Photo Releases

Other Links

  • office-of-the-presidentofficial-gazette