Friday, July 14, 2017

Bohol earns 2nd Tugas
award via PCG Panglao

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 13, (PIA)--Relentless, fearless and yet fair to all in its cruise for environment laws protection, the Philippine Coast Guard Panglao Substation in Bohol picked the prestigious Tugas Award from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

During the recent culmination activity for the Environment Month last July 1, the DENR handed to PCG Bohol commander LtJg Jimmy Berbo and the Bohol PCG team the plaque carved out of the Philippine Molave, to represent in accepting the award during the 3rd Gawad Tugas awarding ceremony held at the Marcelo Fernan Press Center in Sudlon, Lahug.

The award, in recognition for having displayed and demonstrated innovation, ingenuity and investment in environmental protection, conservation and management, is the PCG's first and Bohol's second.

Last year, Bohol won the Gawad Tugas for its patent issuance program.

The Gawad Tugas Award aims to recognize institutions that have made significant and outstanding contribution in the protection, conservation and management of environment and natural resources.

Every year in the last two years, the DENR awardees were selected based on advancement, support and innovations on the country’s environmental mandate, vision, goals and policy statements; dedication and demonstration of good environmental and sustainability practices beyond normal responsibilities and functions; environmental leadership as a role model for others to emulate or provide good examples and implementation in the last 12 months.

The Gawad Tugas Committee selects nominees from eight categories: biodiversity conservation and management; patent issuance; forest protection and management; protected area management; responsible mining; solid waste management; national greening program and adopt-an-estero/water body program.

It may be recalled that the PCG Panglao substation was instrumental in the arrest and recovery of over a thousand board feet of illegally cut Philippine iron wood (Xanthostemon verdugonianus Naves)
or more popularly known as mankuno.

Mankuno is considered among the hardest hardwood in the country, and these have been smuggled out of the mankuno (magkuno) triangle formed by Dinagat Islands, Surigao, Homonhon in Eastern Samar and Babatngon Island in Leyte.

The mankono triangle is an area in the country where where the mankono reportedly thrives.

The apprehension produced 81 different slabs of sawn mankono apparently illegally shipped from in Surigao.

Moreover, Panglao Substation has been actively spearheading the drive on ecological solid waste management, marine protected area protection and is relentless in the shakedown against colorum bancas operating for tourists in Panglao.

Not a few days later after receiving the award, the Panglao Substation again patrolled the sea waters off Panglao and chanced upon SCUBA divers inside the Alona Marine protected area.

The PCG, in a video later posted at facebook, reminded the dive boat operator and the dive master about the policies on marine protected areas and accosted the tresspassers who were told to settle their violations at the Mayor's Office. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

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