CEBU CITY, July 10 (PIA 7) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) 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 (BAFMAPA) of Bohol Province as well as the Municipality of Tuburan, Cebu.
The Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS) 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 Corporation, through subsidiaries Cebu Energy Development Corporation (CEDC) and Toledo Power Company (TPC) 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 awarded, too.
The Carmen Copper Corporation in Carmen, Cebu as well as the APO Cement Corporation 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 (OMAGIECA) in Bantayan Island, Cebu also received such 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 M. 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, gave her closing remarks hoping that, like the tugas, the Philippines will be persistent, sturdy, and strong in its commitments and endeavours for environmental protection. (fcr/Gwen Gaviola, UP Cebu Intern/PIA 7)