By Emil G. Gamos
MALOLOS CITY, April 29 – For constantly advocating the protection of environment, Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado received the prestigious 2012 Father Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism during the awarding ceremony recently held at National Broadcasting Network, Quezon City for his Angat Dam reservation development program.
The awarding ceremony is one of the highlights during the Earth Day Week Celebration with the theme, Year for Sustainable Energy and Cooperatives.
The Bulacan governor was cited for Angat Dam management. The Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Alvarado were also cited for their exemplary action of balanced and caring response to the challenge of identified dangers to the community.
The governor together with the Manila Cathedral-Basilica Foundation chaired by Archbishop with Msgr. Nestor Cerbo as rector and its president, former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban were cited for modeling anticipative prevention that rehabilitated and fortified damaged structures to mitigate and reduce disaster risks from impending natural calamity like earthquakes and flood.
Awardees were given the Abdul Mari Imao specially designed trophy from the organizing committee co-chaired by Earthsavers Founder and Climate Change Commissioner, Heherson Alvarez and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary and UNESCO Commissioner, Ramon Paje.
The 2012 awardees are a group of men and women, institutes and corporations who have truly made a difference in the quest for a greener environment and in the struggle against climate change, Paje said.
Also from the Provincial Government of Bulacan, the Baliuag University (BU) also received the same award for Reducing Carbon Footprints: Green Building and Energy Conservation (educational system) category.
The first energy efficient building in Bulacan, the four-storey Information Technology (IT) building at the Bulacan University runs on renewable energy, specifically solar power, providing 85 percent of building electrical needs and a rain water harvest facility to self-sustain its water needs. Further, the air cleaning paints reduce air pollution and volatile organic compounds within its surrounding area.
Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office chief Rustico de Belen said the prestigious award will go a long long way in the preservation of environment and natural resources in Bulacan.
The Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism is a program of the Climate Change Commission, UNESCO, the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts, (NCCA), and the Earth Savers Movement. It is named in honor of the late priest-environmentalist and deputized forest ranger killed by suspected illegal loggers in the forests of Bukidnon, Philippines in 1991. (PNA) LAP/EGG/rsm