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 through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) technical staff along with hundreds of stakeholders from the different sectors of society participated in the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (APCRS) held on June 4 to 8, 2018 at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.

The 4th APCRS is an international conference dedicated to coral reef conservation. This was facilitated by the DENR in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI). First organized by the Asia Pacific Coral Reef Society in 2006, the event became an avenue for scientists, leaders and environmentalists to share their knowledge and expertise on marine and coral reef management and protection.

The theme, “Coral Reefs of the Asia-Pacific: Working Together Amidst Contemporary Challenges,” focused on the latest research studies, technology and innovations in marine biodiversity, coral reef ecology, geology and restoration, ocean processes and citizen science. Speakers included conservation champions from Australia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and the United States.

With 2018 dubbed as the International Year of the Reef, the conduct of APCRS proved to be timely.

Former DENR V Regional Director and now Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez said during the pre-conference of APCRS that through “effectively reducing the drivers and pressures on coastal and marine ecosystems, which led to its continuous degradation, the coastal and marine ecosystems’ condition will improve thereby enhancing ecosystem functions and services.”



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