Efforts of different stakeholders in the protection and conservation of the environment were acknowledged by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region I during the conducted “Gawad Parangal para sa Kalikasan” last July 19, 2019 in Marand Resort and Spa, Bauang, La Union.

Within Central Pangasinan, four PNP Offices, one LGU, and one Non-Government Organization were awarded with “Natatanging Parangal ng Pagkilala” because of their contribution and support to environmental programs.

Because of their consistent involvement in apprehension of illegally sourced forest products and strict enforcement of environmental laws, rules and regulations, efforts of PNP Aguilar, Mangatarem, Labrador and Bugallon were recognized.

Among 22 local government units within the jurisdiction of Central Pangasinan, LGU Basista was the lone awardee during the activity. Their hard work in promoting the advocacy on protecting the environment thru solid waste management was also acknowledged.

“We feel overwhelmed because the efforts of our municipality on environmental protection thru solid waste management was recognized. We were not bounded by our limitations such as being a 4th class municipality rather we were driven by our goal to help and get involved in helping our environment”, said Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer I Gellie Saldivar, the designated Solid Waste Management Officer of LGU Basista.

Aside from them, CS 1stGreen, an NGO was also awarded because of their 300-hectare bamboo plantation as their contribution to National Greening Program (NGP). From establishment to maintenance, the bamboo plantation is well managed at their own expense.

These environmental partners were just among the 37 stakeholders for the whole Region I who were awarded during the “Gawad Parangal para sa Kalikasan”.

Said activity was included in the culminating program for Environment Month 2019, which is annually celebrated every June. – mase, 2019