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





“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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