By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Eight individuals have received recognition from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their exceptional and valuable contribution to the conservation and protection of the country’s rich wildlife resources.
DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim said the first set of awardees consisted of outstanding individuals who have helped the bureau fulfill its responsibilities in the last three decades.
The awardees and their contributions to biodiversity conservation and protection are:
- Indira Dayang Lacerna-Widmann for the conservation and protection of Philippine cockatoos, marine turles and pangolins;
- Marites Gatan-Balbas for the conservation of Philippine crocodiles;
- Dr. Jayson Ibañez for his contribution to the Philippine eagle conservation;
- Dr. Angela Nina Ann Ingle for the conservation of Philippine bats;
- Anna Oposa for helping in coastal environment and resources protection;
- Rainier Manalo for sustainable management and protection of crocodiles;
- Marisol Abdurahman for media mileage of biodiversity conservation and protection of wildlife resources; and
- Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina for the utilization of Philippine Air Force aircrafts for biodiversity site visits and country-hosted biodiversity-related conferences.
“These achievements are not only because of the agency’s efforts, but also because of those who have the same advocacies as our mandate and chose to work alongside us,” she added.
Lim expressed her gratitude to those who have contributed to the success of all the projects and programs initiated by the BMB during the last 30 years.
She paid tribute to previous BMB directors whose achievements have been crucial to the foundation of the bureau, as well as to the dedicated senior officials who chose to stay despite job offers from other institutions.
“I’m also happy to see a lot of youth being an active part of BMB through the succession planning we are conducting. It is comforting to know that there are youth who are joining the DENR so that they can learn sooner,” Lim said.