2019 Gawad Tugas

DENR 7 has awarded its 5th set of Gawad Tugas Awardees and most active partners in recognition of their efforts and sound environmental practices yesterday at Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Cebu City in culmination of the 2019 Philippine Environment Month Celebration.


The main intention of the Gawad Tugas is to promote and replicate good environmental practices done by the awardees and recognize institutions which have made significant and outstanding contribution in the protection, conservation and management of the environment and natural resources.


The six Gawad Tugas awardees this year are the Municipality of Maribojoc, Province of Bohol for the LGU-Led Patent Program; Municipal Government of Garcia Hernandez, Province of Bohol for the Rivers for Life Partner Category; Solid Earth Development Corporation for Responsible Mining – Large Scale Category; JLR Construction and Aggregates Inc. for Responsible Mining – Aggregates Category; PNP Oslob Station for the Enforcement of Environmental Laws Category and Bojo Aloguinsan Ecotourism Association (BAETAS) for the Biodiversity Conservation and Management Category.



Aside from the Gawas Tugas Awards, Certificates of Commendation were also awarded to Mr. Edgardo P. Orig, Bohol Provincial Assessor, Duero Police Station in Bohol and Abatan River Development Management Council.

Also, DENR 7 has recognized the contribution and invaluable efforts of partner local government units who joined and supported the series of river clean-up and rehabilitation activities of the 10 priority rivers in Central Visayas under Rivers for Life Program. Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Cebu City Government and Talisay City Government for Bulacao River; Mandaue City Government for Butuanon River; Municipal Government of Carmen, Cebu for Luyang River; Municipal Government of Cortes, Bohol for Abatan River; Municipal Government of Inabanga, Bohol for Wahig-Pamacsalan River; Municipal Government of Valencia, Negros Oriental for Banica River; City Government of Bais, Negros Oriental for Panamang-an River; Municipal Government of Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental for Sicopong River and Municipal Government of Lazi, Siquijor for Señora River.


Other recipients of the Certificates of Appreciation are Mabinay Police Station, Cebu City Prevention Restoration Orderly Beautification and Enhancement Team, and National Bureau of Investigation as active enforcement of environmental law partners; PIA 7 and DYMR as active media partners.


Dr. Mydah Kabingue of Cebu Technological University – Main Campus also received her Certificate of Appreciation for joining the DENR 7 in the conduct of validation and selection of the 2019 Gawad Tugas Awardees. Other academe partners are Negros Oriental State University, Bohol Island State University and Siquijor State College.


Undersecretary Jim O. Sampulna meets with DENR-7 Officials

DENR Undersecretary for Enforcement and Muslim Affairs Jim Sampulna meet with the officials of DENR Region 7

"Implementation of environmental laws needs the support from other national government agencies, local government units, stakeholders and other partners. For DENR, we seek to organize an environmental body in the Regional, PENRO and CENRO offices who will serve as the front line in the protection of our environment natural resources," USEC Jim said during his brief visit in the DENR Regional Office 7.

He also tasked the DENR 7 Enforcement Division Chief Viernov Grefalde to initiate the formation of the regional body by inviting and collaborating with partner enforcement agencies such as PNP, Coast Guards, AFP including the local government units, private groups, people's organizations and the media people to address smuggling of wildlife species and other environmental crimes in the region.

"This will strengthen our efforts in the protection of our natural resources and with this initiative, we have high hopes that this would intensify our actions against environmental law violators. We will work alongside with our partners to effect the implementation of all environmental laws," RED Melicor added.

Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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