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




“I will strengthen the CENROs,” says Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his message during his recent visit in Bicol. Secretary Cimatu vowed to strengthen the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) being the frontline unit which delivers the services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the people.

According to Secretary Cimatu, he will empower the Forest Protection Officers to ensure their welfare and security. “Hindi tama na binabantayan ninyo ang mga puno, pero hindi ninyo mabantayan at maipagtanggol ang inyong mga sarili. We will train you. Pag-aaralin natin yan,” he said.

Citing his major thrusts for the environment, Secretary Cimatu emphasized clean air, clean water and solid waste management. He vowed to protect the environment by strictly and fully enforcing the laws. “We will do something for the environment, and I need all of you,” he stressed. He is optimistic that with the help of all DENR employees all environmental laws will be implemented to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Secretary Cimatu expressed his awe to Bicol Region being home to the world’s most perfect cone volcano and the world’s smallest commercial edible extant fish. He said that both Mayon Volcano and the Sinarapan or locally known as “Tabios” should be protected including all our natural resources. His orders for their protection were made explicitly to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers where these two (2) wonders are found.

The Environment chief likewise warned employees about zero tolerance on corruption. “Do your work with honesty and integrity. Corrupt officials and employees will be punished. You don’t have a second chance with me,” the environment chief said. 


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