BAUANG, La Union – “You are not just our partners but an ally in the protection and conservation of our environment”, DENR Regional Executive Director Carlito Tuballa said in the first ever Gawad Parangal para sa Kalikasan held at the Marrand Resort in Bauang, La Union last June 19,2019.
After a series of activities and events conducted for the celebration of the Environment Month Celebration, a culminating activity was organized as well as an awarding ceremony was done to recognize various environmental partners and stakeholders for extending their efforts in the advocacy of environmental protection.
Gawad Parangal was conceptualized to commend the environmental partners in the Ilocos Region including National Government Agencies, Non-Government Organizations, schools, media and private individuals for taking a step forward on attaining sustainable development in the environment.
DENR Region 1 including its line bureaus, Mines and Geosciences Bureau-1 and Environmental Management Bureau-1 have been always committed to the environmental protection and recognize partnership with stakeholders in the formulation of environmental policy framework for the ecological utilization of the country’s natural and mineral resources. They have been continuously working hard in strengthening environmental, social and economic reform. Furthermore, they have been implementing priority programs for new directions which are geared towards inclusive growth, as we aspire for genuine economic progress and social equity. These include programs on clean air, clean water, solid waste management, geo-hazard, groundwater assessment and responsible mining, forest and watershed management, intensified forest protection and anti-illegal logging, enhanced biodiversity conservation, scaling up of coastal and marine ecosystems, improved land administration and management and coastal clean-up.
Out of 60 candidates, 49 of the environmental partners were given recognition for their worthy initiatives which are considered beyond their mandate. Their outstanding and remarkable efforts on environmental protection rendered a significant contribution to advance the objective on environmental sustainability and development.
The committee and key officials of DENR-1, MGB-1, and EMB-1 congratulated the awardees in doing a job well done in their social responsibilities in taking care of the environment.
In his closing message, MGB-1 Regional Director Carlos Tayag stated, “We are committed to implement environmental protection and management programs as we do our best efforts to reconcile economic development with the protection of our natural resources.”