DAGUPAN CITY, July 4 (PIA) — The provincial government of Pangasinan bagged the 2012 Likas-Yaman award for its mangrove reforestation projects where it was dubbed Best LGU- Initiated Environmental Project for the provincial category.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) regional executive director Samuel Peñaflor handed the award to Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. during the Environment Month Awarding and Culminating program at Oasis Country Resort in San Fernando City, Friday.
The province earned its award through massive implementation of a province-wide mangrove reforestation project, establishment of mangrove information and learning center, construction of a mangrove nursery and the promotion of Coastal Resource Management advocacy.
This is the second time that Pangasinan bagged the Likas Yaman Championship award.
The province also was the recipient of the award last year for its “Ilog Ko, Aroen tan Bilayen Ko” Program (My river, I will love and give life to) that succeeded in clearing 182 km of rivers and waterways in the towns of San Fabian, Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Labrador, and San Carlos City.
Also present during the event were 2nd district Board Member Von Mark Mendoza, NEDA Regional Director and concurrent Acting Regional Development Council Chairman Juan B. Ngalob, and DENR Regional Technical Director Carlos Tayag. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan)