The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has named eight recipients of its Recognition Awards for Eco-friendly Government Offices at the national level.

Environmental Management Bureau Director Jonas Leones said the awardees were recognized for their commitment to go beyond “business as usual” by ensuring their operations do not have detrimental impacts on the environment.

“We laud all government offices, including government-owned and -controlled corporations or GOCCs that joined the search. Hopefully in the next search we can have more, so we can send a clear signal to the public that government offices in the country are pitching in towards an environment-friendly and sustainable future,” Leones said.

The recipients were acknowledged at an awarding ceremony Friday at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

This year’s recipients of the Environmental Excellence Awards were the head offices of the National Power Corp. and the National Electrification Administration, in Quezon City; Land Bank of the Philippines in Malate, Manila; Development Bank of the Philippines in Makati City; and the Department of Public Works and Highways in Port Area, Manila.

The head offices of the Department of Trade and Industry in Makati City, and the National Housing Authority and the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City received Citation of Merit Awards.

The honorees were chosen for their sustained environmental management programs on waste management, water, energy and fuel conservation, air pollution prevention, greening, emergency preparedness, green procurement, orderliness and safety.

Environmental programs implemented by each office from 2012 to 2013 were evaluated by the Assessment Teams.

Leones urged all national government agencies and GOCCs to participate in the next wave of the search slated in 2016.

Launched during the Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2010, the Recognition Awards for Eco-friendly Government Offices aims to assess the implementation of environmental management programs among government offices particularly in terms of 4Ps namely: Policy, Promotion of Awareness, People and Practices. The first ever search was held in 2011. (DENR Public Affairs Office)