MANILA, June 17–The Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) paid tribute on Friday to our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal as Bayaning Environmental Planner.
A special posthumous citation was conferred on Dr. Rizal as Bayaning Environmental Planner for his contribution in the field of environmental planning during his exile in Dapitan, Zamboanga , Mindanao between 1892 and 1896.
It was given by the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planner (PIEP), an accredited professional organization,created by law by PD 1308 of 1978, a charter of environmental planning profession which started in 1909.
Notedly, while in Dapitan between 1892 and 1896 Rizal accomplishments included:
–constructing of the town's first water system;
–draining the marshes in order to get rid of malaria that infected Dapitan;
–oil lamps placed in dark streets of Dapitan at a time when electric lighting was still unknown in the Philippines and introduced in Manila only in 1894;
–transformation of unproductive hills to orchards of popular fruits for nutrition and livelihood;
–beautification and remodeling of the town plaza that could "rival best in Europe" with the the help of Father Sanchez and the making of a huge relief map of Mindanao out of earth,stones, and grasses. The map still adorns the town plaza in front of the church of Dapitan.
"His example of services was attuned to the needs of the people of Dapitan and sensitive to the conditions of his environment, indeed an enduring legacy to present and future generations of Filipino Environmental planners," said Ma. Encarnacion Raralio, president of PIEP.
Held in DAP in Pasig City, Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), who gave talks highlighting Rizal's Legacy of Development Management.
Descendants of Dr. Rizal attended the event to include: Mia Faustmann, Barbara Gonzales, Amelia Reyes, Carmencita Reyes.
Parangal kay Rizal is a joint collaboration of DAP,NHCP,PIEP and the Dapitan City Local Government.(PNA)