The three cleanest rivers in the Philippines award goes to…
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently gave out the first-ever Recognizing Individuals/Institutions Towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (RIVERs) for Life Award to the three cleanest rivers in the entire country.
The awards were handed personally by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to the local government units (LGU) of Lamut River in Ifugao province, Cordillera Administrative Region; Calbayog River in Samar province, Region 8; and Manaba River in Bohol, Region 7.
Cimatu said the award aims to raise public awareness on the need to protect and conserve the country’s rivers as the lifeblood of the earth.
“We aim to tap concerted action to protect the country’s rivers from degradation and pollution and ensure their suitability, sustainability, and further improvement,” Cimatu said.
Cash prizes of P100,000, P75,000 and P50,000 were given to the 1st, 2nd and third placers, respectively.
According to Cimatu, the R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award will greatly contribute to ensuring that the country’s rivers are kept clean.
“Rivers and creeks drain to bigger bodies of water and affect their condition. This is the case with Pasig River which drains to Manila Bay. Thus, ensuring the cleanliness of rivers is among our top priorities,” Cimatu further said.
A total of sixteen classified Class C rivers were submitted as entries by DENR regional offices. Nominees were selected by the DENR Regional Committee consisting of the DENR, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).