Environment protection volunteers hailed

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has honored its partners from government, non-government organizations, academe and the business sector for their valuable contributions to the environment through volunteer work.

The appreciation program is in line with the DENR’s celebration of December as the National Volunteer Month.

A total of 55 partner organizations—10 government agencies and state-owned corporations, 14 local government units from Metro Manila, 15 from the academic community, seven NGOs and nine private companies— were recognized for their active participation in over 500 volunteer projects and special events organized by the department since 2012.

Among those that received a certificate of appreciation were Earth Day Network Philippines, National Bicycle Organization and Land Bank of the Philippines.

The appreciation program is in line with the DENR’s celebration of December as the National Volunteer Month, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 55, Series of 1998.

DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns Benny Antiporda said the program aims not only to recognize the agency’s volunteer partners, but also encourage more people and organizations to help in protecting the environment.

Antiporda has expressed gratitude to the volunteer partners for their “invaluable support for the DENR’s pursuit of sustainable development.”

Antiporda has expressed gratitude to the volunteer partners for their “invaluable support for the DENR’s pursuit of sustainable development.”

“This is our small way of thanking you for the big contributions you have made to the success of the DENR’s programs and activities,” Antiporda told the agency’s partner organizations.

In recognizing the importance of environmental volunteerism, Antiporda said the “citizen’s support alone will dictate either the success or failure of DENR’s programs.”

He noted that volunteerism is “crucial” to the mission of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to demonstrate President Rodrigo Duterte’s “strong political will in seriously addressing the country’s environmental challenges.”

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