The Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 conducted and awarding ceremony to give recognition to environment and natural resources (ENR) partners and collaborators in Central Visayas to mark its silver anniversary and environment month culmination on June 29.
This is to cite their support and contribution to the DENR programs in the protection, conservation, and preservation of the country’s environment and natural resources.
DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo said the awards and recognition underscore the serious commitment of the DENR to promote sustainable eco-friendly programs with the help and assistance of both public and private collaborators.
“We know that without their support we could not actually have achieved our milestone performances and activities,” he added.
The awardees included nine local government units (LGUs), three people’s organizations (POs), three non-government organizations (NGOs), two media partners, three private companies, and a regional trial court judge in Dumaguete City.
The awardees from the LGUs, were Barangay Canduman in Mandaue City; municipalities of Ayungon and Bindoy, Negros Oriental; municipality of Candijay in Bohol; Carcar City, Argao and Cordova in Cebu; and Cebu City Parks and Playground Commission.
Pollution Control Association of the Philippines (PCAPI), Foundation for Economic Freedom, and Silliman University-Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management were awarded.
The awardees from private sectors are Carmen Copper Corporation, Marianne Development Corporation, and Tree Kings Incorporated.
Adding to the list of awardees are Ayungon Forest Management Organization Inc in Ayungon, Negros Oriental; Anislagan Farmers Association in Carcar City; and San Miguel Association Resources Team (SMART) in Danao, Bohol.
Likewise, the DENR 7 also handed out a plaque of recognition to Cebu Governor Gwendolyn F. Garcia in appreciation of her zealousness, passion, and innovative approaches in managing and protecting the environment by implementing relevant ENR laws, rules and regulations and for being an Environmental Governor.
Also, the anniversary celebration gave due recognition to DENR employees who have served the department for 25 years and more.
Montejo emphasized the need to work with the various stakeholders in pursuing its mandate and goals to ensure the protection of the environment and at the same time improving the lives of every citizen.