CEBU CITY: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) has recognized the efforts and contributions of its active partners in the protection, conservation and management of the environment in this year’s 3rd Gawad Tugas Awarding Ceremony.
The recent awarding witnessed nine categorical awards given to non-government organizations, national government agencies and civil societies.
Bagging the award for the National Greening Program category were the Banacon Fisherfolks and Mangrove Planters Association of Bohol Province as well as the Municipality of Tuburan, Cebu.
The Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association in Cebu Province, which has been a community-based organization for four years now, was awarded under the Biodiversity Conservation and Management category.
Both the provincial governments of Cebu and Bohol were recognized under the Patent Issuance category.
The Solid Earth Development Corporation in San Fernando, Cebu, moreover, was the sole awardee for the Responsible Mining category.
Cebu Mitsumi and Global Business Power Corp., through subsidiaries Cebu Energy Development Corp. and Toledo Power Co. were the awardees for the Clean Air and Water category.
For the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management category, the Rare Philippines and Barangay Agujo, Daanbantayan, Cebu, with its mangrove plantation, were also awarded.
The Carmen Copper Corp. in Carmen, Cebu as well as the APO Cement Corp. in Naga, Cebu both bagged the award for the Forest Protection and Management category.
Regional Trial Court Judge Maximo Perez and the Philippine Coast Guard Sub Station of Panglao, Bohol were recognized under the Enforcement of Environmental Laws category.
For the Protected Area Management category, the people’s organization Obo-ob Mangrove Garden Integrated Environmental Cooperative Association in Bantayan Island, Cebu also received the award.
Moreover, DENR’s media partners who published stories of the agency’s projects and support for the environment were given recognition.
Among them were Cebu Daily News, Sunstar Cebu, Manila Bulletin, UNTV, The Freeman, GMA 7, Philippine Information Agency- 7, CCTN 47, ABS-CBN Central Visayas, DYMF, DYRC, DYDR, DYAR, DYSS, DYMR, DYHP, and DYAB 1512.
Meanwhile, DENR-7 also paid tribute to its former regional executive directors for shaping the agency to what it is today.
According to Eduardo Inting, assistant regional director for technical services of DENR, Gawad Tugas continues to award its active partners to promote and replicate good governance, and the environmental practices done by the awardees which are, for him, “worthy to be emulated by others.”
Emma Melana, regional director of DENR 7, in her closing remarks, said she is hoping that like the tugas, the Philippines will be persistent, sturdy, and strong in its commitments and endeavours for environmental protection.