Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dagupan is Regional Likas Yaman Top Awardee

Repost from D' Dagupan Dream

DAGUPAN CITY – This city is this year’s “Likas Yaman” awardee (city category) for Best LGU-Initiated Environmental Project, which the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) initiated in celebration of the Environment Month in Region 1.

Mayor Benjamin S. Lim together with City Agriculture Officer Emma Molina personally received the award from DENR Regional Executive Director Samuel R. Peñafiel during the awarding and culminating program held at Oasis Country Resort, City of San Fernando, La Union last June 30.

Dagupan was nominated for successfully implementing its project “Ilog Ko, Bilayen Ko,” Water Quality Management Area (WQMA), and the so-called river cruise along the Dawel-Watak River thereby contributing to the rehabilitation of coastal and marine resources and for the promotion of eco-tourism in the city.   

“The Likas Yaman award for environmental excellence is a celebration of greatness and excellence in environmental performance. The award was institutionalized by the DENR as our own especial and meaningful way to give recognition to local government units, the academe and the private sectors that epitomize environmental excellence by adopting the best practices that protect our environment and promote sustainable development,” Peñafiel said.

“These awardees created new positive changes and development for our environment. They have clearly demonstrated their commitment, resources and determination in implementing environmental programs. Ang sabi nga ni Al Gore, ‘ang political will ay isang renewable resource’,” he said.

“Ilog Ko, Bilayen Ko” was implemented by Mayor Lim, which led to the clearing operations in the river system of the city against fish pens and other illegal structures last year amidst resistance and pessimisms.

With the implementation of WQMA, Lim started cleaning the “esteros” as well to ensure a healthy environment for Dagupeños.

And to promote eco-tourism, Lim launched his own version of the river cruise now dubbed as the “Dawel River Cruise.” (CIO – Joseph C. Bacani)

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