ALAMINOS CITY—This city, home of the well-known Hundred Islands National Park, was conferred the regional 2010 Likas Yaman Award for Environmental Excellence by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
With the award, Alaminos earned the distinction as having the “Best LGU-Initiated Environmental Project " for its pioneering efforts in the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of its vast ecosystem and rich natural resources.
The city now qualifies for the national award.
City Administrator Wilmer Panabang, who represented Mayor Hernani Braganza, received the award during the Closing and Awarding Ceremonies of the 2010 Environment Month Celebration held in San Fernando City, La Union.
“This will further inspire our city mates and our local officials to rally behind the programs of the city for the continued protection and sustainable development of our marine environment and vast ecosystem,” Panabang said.
According to the 2010 Likas Yaman Award Validation Team, the city of Alaminos clinched the award for promoting sustainable development of the coastal and marine resources through mangrove reforestation, fish sanctuary management, mariculture development, coral reef protection, river enhancement and protection, marine park and wildlife conservation.
Alaminos was also cited for its excellent fishery laws enforcement and the promotion of its eco-tourism thrusts, which are guided by the principles of pro-active, participatory, good governance and excellent leadership.
At the same time, the Alaminos City National High School (ACNHS) was also bestowed the “Most Outstanding School Environmental Outreach Program Award”.
ACNHS headed by Dr. Gloria Reinoso, Principal IV, bagged the award for initiating and successfully implementing environmental projects and programs in both the school and the community aimed at environmental protection and sustainable development.
In 2006 and 2007, Alaminos was declared the Best Performing LGU in Coastal Resource Management (CRM) in Region 1 by the Regional Development Council and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Region I.
The city also received various awards and citations from the provincial government since 2004 when Alaminos became the grand prizewinner in the provincial search for the Cleanest and Greenest Coastal City/Municipality in Pangasinan.
The following year the city was adjudged Best Program Implementer of the provincial government’s Linis Dayat Program.
In 2006 and 2007, the city bagged home the awards for Best Coastal LGU in Mangrove Development and Best Program Implementer-CRM Pioneering Cluster, respectively, also from the provincial government.
Alaminos was also named as Model LGU in CRM Implementation for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009.
And just recently, PAKAR Award, an environmental award program in Pangasinan, went to Bued River being the cleanest inland body of water in the entire province.
Braganza, who earned the moniker "environmental mayor” for getting the Hundred Islands back under the management of the city government and for implementing a sustainable CRM program