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




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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BICOL HAS NEW DENR CHIEF. Atty. Antonio A. Abawag receives the DENR V flag from Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the Turnover Ceremony on June 1, 2018 at the DENR Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City. 


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