Green warriors of Davao City were recognized in the 5th Lunhaw Awards at the Royal Mandaya Hotel last March 17.
Lunhaw Awards is a recognition given to individuals, groups and institutions for their efforts in helping keep the city clean, green and sustainable.
The environmental advocates range from young students, individual farmers in both rural and urban setting to associations and big private establishments from all over the city.
This year’s winners were St. Francis of Assisi Family Farmers’ Association and Alex Betarmos, for the organic agriculture category; Marilog High School of Agriculture’s Path to a Brighter Future Organic Agriculture Program for the education and advocacy; Toril Kalambuan Association’s Upcycled Handicrafts for pollution control; Dacudao National High School’s Forest Park for forest-based initiatives; and SM Lanang’s Sustainability Program for green building/urban greening.
Special awards were also given to Pamulaan Center for Indigenous People’ Education for Sustainable Design, Matina Aplaya Fisherfolk Association for Marine Resource Management, Toyota Davao-Catitipan Earth Charter for Green Building Design and Kenaniah Farm for Organic Agriculture.
Marciano Ibañez bagged the Green Champion Award for his tireless advocacy and efforts to educate Davao’s half-million residents living in the riverbank communities on climate change mitigation while Engr. Eliza Madrazo was also given special recognition for her leadership of the CENRO.
This year, new special recognition for adopting Permeable Pavement designs for the green establishment’s parking spaces, driveways, walkways and plazas were also given to Toyota Davao-Catitipan Workshop, Kisan Lu’s Amiya Resorts and Residences and SM Lanang Premier.
This year’s winners and special awardees were carefully chosen after three days of ground validation by a panel of judges composed of natural farming and businessman Andry Lim, architect Ronnie Uy, and Forester Martin Obrero.
Lunhaw Awards is an annual multi-sectoral award-giving body organized by the city Agriculturist’s Office (CAO), City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO), Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS), Davao City Water District (DCWD) and the Interface Development Interventions (IDIS).