State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) was awarded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with the first-ever Gawad Kamagong award for the Bank’s unwavering support to environmental advocacy through long-term volunteer work.
Considered as the highest recognition for volunteer partners, the Gawad Kamagong was awarded to LANDBANK for implementing volunteer programs that support the protection and rehabilitation of watersheds and for uplifting the livelihood of its partner community organizations.
“LANDBANK has been a longstanding advocate for environmental preservation and sustainable development. We will continue to support inclusive countryside development by joining government partners in promoting environmental awareness, protection, and conservation,” said LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo.
LANDBANK was among 49 organizations from government and private institutions, local government units, non-government organizations, academic institutions, cooperatives, and community and civic groups who were recognized for making outstanding contributions in support of the DENR’s programs, projects, and activities.
Since 2001, LANDBANK has partnered with the DENR for various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for the environment, which includes the Manila Bay SUNSET Partnership Program, Inc. (MBSPPI), the Gawad Sibol Program (formerly Adopt-A-Watershed Program), and the “50@50” Program (50,000 trees for LANDBANK’s 50th anniversary year).
LANDBANK Corporate Affairs Specialist Arnold Aldaba—who received the award as the Bank’s representative—also became the first recipient of the Gawad Masigasig, a special individual award for demonstrating exceptional work in linking the Bank’s environmental programs with the DENR.
DENR Undersecretary Benny D. Antiporda led the awarding ceremonies held at the DENR Central Office on December 15, 2020. The recognition program was in celebration of the National Volunteer Month which promotes volunteerism as a tool for development in both the government and the private sectors.
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