Fourteen carefully selected partner national government agencies, private companies, local government units (LGUs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) were awarded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 at Cebu Grand Convention Center, Cebu City during the 4th Gawad Tugas Awards Night.

“This is the 4th year of the Gawad Tugas Award which was initiated by the DENR 7 starting last 2015 to seriously take recognition of our partners’ efforts and sound environmental practices beyond their normal responsibilities and functions,” said DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales.

Carmen Copper Corporation, Apo Land and Quarry Corp., and Solid Earth Development Corp. were among the large-scale mining companies who were given the recognition for Environmental Protection, Forest Protection, and Responsible Mining.

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 a significant and outstanding contribution in the protection, conservation, and management of the environment and natural resources.

“This is a moment to celebrate what we have achieved together and a moment where we inspire and challenge in pursuing to a higher level of quality outputs and greater honors in the field of environmental sustainability,” added Gonzales.