Five environment-promoting entities get DENR Saringaya Awards
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region V awarded four entities and an individual as it caps the Environment Month celebration this year.
The Local Government Unit of Calabanga, Camarines Sur obtained the highest points for the LGU category, Catanduanes State College for the academe, the Alliance of Young Professionals for Social and Environmental Development, Inc. for the civil society organization, Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc. for DENR-covered industry category, and Ms. Luzviminda T. Oropesa for the individual category. All the awardees passed the stringent nomination and validation processes set the Technical Working Group headed by Dr. Al O. Orolfo, assistant regional director for Technical Services DENR V, had set.
At the awarding ceremony held on June 29, 2015 in Naga City, DENR Regional Director handed customized trophies and certificates, He thanked the stakeholders for their contributions in making the region achieve headways in environmental protection. In his welcome address, RD Gonzales noted that more sectors are getting involved in protecting the environment.
House representative, Atty. Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, 3rd district of Camarines Sur, sees the importance of Saringaya Awards in “showcasing innovations that protect the environment”. She added that, “we need to find doable strategies. We must shun mediocrity and push for excellence. Most of all we need cheaper ways to solve our environmental issues”. She considers convergence, this year’s theme, as crucial. “No one is strong enough to protect the environment all by himself,” she quipped. She also called for the people to share their expertise. She admitted being impressed having known that awardees came from different sectors in the society. “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 former DILG 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 law.” 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.
Ms. Elizabeth Padilla, chief, DENR Planning and Management Division showed in an audiovisual presentation how the awardees were rated in the five categories. The mechanics of the evaluation and field validation were explained in view of the agency’s mandate to protect, rehabilitate, and manage the country’s environment and natural resources. Each category had a corresponding team to conduct field visit and document review with ABS-CBN as the media partner in documenting evidences on the ground.
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
“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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