Manny Fermin of LGU Kapangan as Gawad Kalikasan Awardee during the DENR-CAR Culmination Program.

The partners of the Watershed and Water Resources, Development and Extension Center (WWRRDEC) were among those honored and conferred with Gawad Kalikasan Award during the region’s Culmination Program of Environment Month Celebration held on July 1, 2019 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of DENR-CAR.

LGU Kapangan represented by Hon. Mayor Manny E. Fermin and Shontoug Foundation, Inc. of Kibungan, Benguet represented by Dr. Julie Cabato received the respective Plaques of Recognition as Environmental-Partner Awardees of the Center for various advocacies and ENR technology adoption.

Mayor Fermin advocated for a cleaner and greener environment that led to the adoption of ENR technologies like tree health assessment and tree surgery that ensured the protection of the trees in Kapangan from pests and diseases and approved watershed-related ordinances implemented within the municipality.   These efforts contributed to ecosystem stability, environmental awareness and action among the communities.  Meanwhile, the Shontoug Foundation, Inc. together with Lubo, Kibungan, Benguet supported and strongly promoted the Soil Water and Conservation (SWC) technologies that lead to the rehabilitation of slide-prone areas.  Among those recipients of the award from DENR-CAR are various government/private, individuals from the AFP, PNP, mining company, and NGO/s and People’s Organizations.

During said event, Mr. George Tomin, Science Research Specialist II of the WWRRDEC was awarded as Model Employee of the Center, among other DENR employees of the region.  Meanwhile, WWRRDEC-Center Head, Ms. Helen A. Maddumba received the Plaque of Recognition for 2nd Place for the Best Office Award under the Bureau-Division Category.

Regional Executive Director (RED) Ralph Pablo in his message thanked the environmental partners stressing that the DENR-CAR will not be successful in its operation without the support of the AFP, PNP, LGUs and POs and also to the men and women of DENR who gave their all-out support to the present leadership.  RED Pablo underscored that the various activities to mark to celebration of the environment month is a constant reminder that “we are all agents for the protection and conservation off the environment”.   With this year’s theme “Beat Air Pollution”, the responsibility lies in our hands and that Climate Change solution is a behavioral change, said RED Pablo. Estrella E. Patrimonio/WWRRDEC.