DAVAO CITY, Philippines – As the city is gearing for the 7th Dabaw Lunhaw Awards, its organizers said this year’s event, unlike in the past presentations, will carry a different theme that will help increase the awareness of the constituents on the most challenging environmental problem Davao City faces nowadays – the garbage.
Judy Ann Legaspi of Interface Development Interventions said this year’s award will showcase individuals, organizations, communities, and other sectors that have an innovative practice on waste management, pollution reduction or living on zero waste disposal.
“The 7th Lunhaw awards this year would like to take focus on what we have done to curb down the problem of garbage in our the community in a way that’s innovative and relatable”, Legaspi said.
Davao City has been producing an increasing amount of waste carried by massive urbanization, increasing population, an increasing number of tourists and visitors, and the hosting national and international events.
Recently, the issue of improper garbage disposal turned into a heated topic and exchanges of ideas in the social media among Dabawenyos.
The argumentations started when Marine biologist and environmentalist Darrell Blatchley called the attention of the public on the clogged canals and irresponsible throwing of garbage.
The 7th Lunhaw Awards has seven categories that include Green Building/Uban Greening, Forest-based Initiatives, Rural and urban Organic Farming, Energy and Water Conservation, Marine Resource Management, and Pollution Control Education and Advocacy.
It also has special categories for Green Champion Award for the Outstanding Environmental Advocates in Davao City both for adult and the youth, Outstanding Local Government Unit with Environmental Initiatives both in barangay led initiative and city government-led initiative and the Search for Establishments with permeable pavement design for parking spaces and walkways.
Lunhaw awards started in 2012 that already produced more than 50 awardees who continue to their advocacy and initiatives. (davaotoday.com)