DENR Bicol honors best individuals, institutions in Saringaya Awards

For 14 years now, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol recognized the finest individuals and institutions who excelled in environmental protection and management as the annual Environment Month celebration was capped with the conferring of Saringaya Awards last June 30, 2014.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said this recognition will serve as a bragging right for like-minded individuals who continuously strive to conserve and protect the ecosystem in their own way. 

Leading this year’s Saringaya Awardees is the Local Government of San Andres, Catanduanes through the leadership of Mayor Peter Cua when he established the first Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in the said province. Cua also established an Eco-Park where municipal wastes are transformed into eco-friendly commodities, sustained protection of the Agoho Fish Sanctuary, strengthened school-based environmental protection campaigns and likewise a multi-sectoral environmental awareness campaign dubbed as “HAGIBIS.” 

In the academe category, Camarines Norte National High School was commended by its integration of Environmental Education in the school curricula, teachers’ training on EE and outdoor environmental education initiatives, laudable eco-waste management projects like “Plastic-Free School” “Passport Basura”, “Bote, Plastic, atbp sa Science Project ay Supporta”, organic fertilizer production for the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” which embraces a comprehensive greening program that covers seed banking, nursery production, establishment and maintenance of school mini forest. 

Further still, in the tertiary level, Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges was also conferred with for its eco-friendly programs like “Think Green, Live Green” program that made students responsive and perceptive to environmental concerns due to chlorofluorocarbons and other green house gases,  designating “Green Zones” in respective departments as an affirmative approach to reduce and prevent pollution, and for installing four units of rain-harvesting facilities as mitigation and conservation measures. 

In the industry category, the Saringaya Award was given to Juan M. Alberto Memorial District Hospital, the hospice was cited for its well defined policies and strict implementation of hospital procedures and protocols that are consistent with DENR mandates on environmental management, its faithful compliance with RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, RA 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Waste Control Act, RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act, PD 1586 or the Phil. Environmental Impact Statement System, and RA 8749 or the Clean Air Act. The JMAMDH was particularly lauded for its comprehensive emergency and disaster preparedness program which enables quick and effective response hence, minimizing loss of lives caused by epidemic and outbreak of diseases, and ensuring continuous operation during and after disasters. 

In a span of 14 years a total of 97 individuals and entities have been named Saringaya Awardees including the late DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo who was cited for his achievements as Naga City Mayor in 2002.           

Saringaya is a Bicol term which means lush or abundance of growth. (A synonymous Bicol word is “marambong.”)

Press Release: July 2, 2014