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“As we therefore strive to expand this golden, but very much grounded industry, I cannot overemphasize the huge impact that the Lunhaw Awards is contributing to the continued growth of organic agriculture in Davao and the whole country. Let us therefore continue highlighting the stellar role that organic farming can play not only in hastening our people’s advance towards a healthier and more bountiful farming sytem but also in promoting and sustaining our nation’s biodiversity and realizing our common vision of inclusive growth for all Davaoenos and fellow Filipinos.”

This was the challenge made by the Hon. Francisco Villano, Jr., Under Secretary designate and Chief of Staff of the Department of Agriculture (DA), in his inspirational message delivered during the 5th Lunhaw Awards in celebration of the 80th Araw ng Davao held at Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City last March 17, 2017.

The opening program witnessed different dignitaries led by City Administrator Atty. Zuleika T. Lopez, who welcomed the guests and visitors, Mr. Leo Brian D. Leuterio, who gave his opening remarks, Department of Environmental & Natural Resources (DENR Region 11) Director Ruth Tawan-tawan representing DENR Secretary Regina Lopez and Under Secretary Villano, who gave their inspirational messages in behalf of the environmental advocates and organic practitioners respectively.

Highlights of the Awards Night was the awarding of winners to the different establishments and individuals who manifested significant efforts in adopting clean and sustainable initiatives in Davao City. Special Recognition were given to the following: SM Lanang Premiere, Kisan Lu Lands and Toyota Davao for Permeable Pavements and Parking Space Award; Engr. Elisa Madrazo for Outstanding LGU Official; Marciano G. Ibañez for Green Champion. Special Awardees include Pamulaan Center for Indigenous People’s Education for Sustainable School Design; Matina Aplaya Fisherfolk Association for Marine Resource Management and Toyota Davao (Catitipan Workshop).

Cultural performances from the Kaliwat Performing Artists enlightened the crowd as they showcased as their collective care and preservation of nature through indigenous theatrical arts.

The 5th Lunhaw Awards’ success would not have been possible without the assistance from the City Government of Davao led by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO) as the main sponsor of the event, support of the organizers and collaborators; Davao City Water District (DCWD), Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS), City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) City Tourism Office (CTO), City Information Office (CIO), the secretariat, Interface Development Interventions Inc, (IDIS) and the following sponsors: Hineleban Foundation, NCCC Cares, Wynward Garden Bistro and Mr. Orlando Batallones.- Mr. Richard C. Ursua/ FITS-DCAO