LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, June 29 –The province of Pangasinan bagged the 2012 Likas Yaman Award for Region 1 for the second time in a row during the culmination program of the Environment Month held Friday at the Oasis Country Resort in San Fernando City, La Union.
Acting Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, in behalf of Governor Amado Espino Jr., who is in the United States, received the award from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) executive director Samuel Peñafiel.
Pangasinan bagged the award when its model mangrove reforestation project was judged as the region's Best LGU-Initiated Environmental Project (provincial category).
The project bested the entries of other provinces in the region like La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.
The province bagged last year's Likas Yaman championship award for its Ilog Ko, Aroen tan Bilayen Ko Program that succeeded in clearing 182 kilometers of rivers and waterways in Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Labrador, San Fabian and San Carlos City.
The province earned its Likas Yaman award in two consecutive years through the 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.
With Calimlim in receiving the award for the province is Second District Provincial Board Member Von Mark Mendoza, chairman of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committe on environment. (PNA) RMA/lgi/LVM/rma