The DENR 7 during the leadership of former USEC Isabelo Montejo, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB7), Environmental Management Bureau (MGB7) and the Coastal Resources, and Ecotourism Research Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) Regional Directors in 2015 initiated the Gawad Tugas Awards which recognizes the efforts and initiatives of different stakeholders and partners to combat environmental degradation similar to a molave or tugas which is flaunted as one of the hardest woods. Awards of recognition and appreciation also were given to media partners who always supported the same advocacy and shared factual news and information through the year.
The tugas (molave) plaques came from legitimate sources from the pruning and/or thinning of molave mother trees at the seed production area (spa) situated at Brgy Olang, Maria, Siquijor supervised by the PENRO Siquijor. There were no trees that were cut down in order to come up with these plaques. Once collected and gathered, these cuttings then are legally transported to the chosen designer to have them carved just like what they will be receiving, another transport permit is issued to ship these plaques to Cebu to have them plated with the names of the deserving honorees for today.
Knowing quite well that this huge task cannot be performed by DENR alone, this agency welcomes the assistance, participation, and collaborative efforts of other sectors of society, non-government organizations, national government agencies, public and private individuals, and the like. Our collective desire is to recognize certain individuals and partners who have made significant contributions to the protection, conservation, and management of our environment and natural resources.
This year, 2022, is the 7th time Gawad Tugas Awards, recognition of the eight (8) awardees were selected thoroughly based accordingly to the criteria for each category. The Gawad Tugas Committee approved nominees chosen from the DENR priority programs it belongs- Adopt-an-Estero, Clean Air, Clean Water, National Greening Program, and Solid Waste Management to promote and replicate good environmental practices done by our awardees that are worthy to be emulated so that we can spread the good news and best practices to each and every organization, local government unit or institution.
Our eight (8) awardees were selected thoroughly based accordingly to the criteria for each category. This year, the gawadtugas committee approved nominees chosen from the DENR priority programs it belongs- Adopt-an-Estero, Clean Air, Clean Water, National Greening Program, and Solid Waste Management.
Best Barangay in Solid Waste Management Barangay Mayana, Naga City
Best City/Municipality in Solid Waste Management City Government of Bayawan
Best LGU in Adopt-A-Waterbody Program Barangay Tabok, Mandaue City
Best Performing Peoples Organization with NGP BIWAS MPC
Best Performing Partner in Clean Air & Clean Water
Clean Air Lexmark International Inc.
Clean Water Amarela Resort, Panglao, Bohol