Most Admired Reputation" . . . the Unilever
Philippines awarded its Corporate Development
Division and the Society for the Conservation of
Philippine Wetlands for successfully elevating the
Laguna de Bay to international status with the acceptance
of the lake in the Living Lakes Network. Part of
Unilever's strategy on responsible corporate citizenship
is to focus on clean water stewardship and conservation,
with emphasis on Pasig River and Laguna de Bay.
award was given during the celebration of the 75th
Anniversary of Unilever Phils. which was held on 04 April
2002 at the "Copra Cabana", Unilever Compound,
City of Manila.
Laguna de Bay, on 02 August 2001, became a member of the
Living Lakes Network, an international network
whose mission is to enhance the protection, restoration
and rehabilitation of lakes, wetlands, other freshwater
bodies of the world and their catchment areas. Its
is represented by the CLEAR (Conservation of Laguna
de Bay's Environment and Resources), the tripartite
partnership of Laguna Lake Development Authority
(a government agency), Society for the Conservation
of Philippine Wetlands (a non-government
organization) and Unilever Philippines (a private
As the NGO partner of CLEAR, SCPW is its voting member
to the Living Lakes Network.
The Society for the Conservation of
Philippine Wetlands was designated as the interim NGO
Focal Point to the Ramsar Convention CEPA (communication,
education and public awareness) during the meeting of the
Task Force on Wetlands held on 28 December 2000. The
designation was later formalized in a letter of the
Director of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau dated
25 January 2001.
As the NGO Focal Point, the Society will take the lead
in promoting Communication, Education, and Public
Awareness as a key tool for the conservation and wise use
Awarded to the Society for the Conservation of
Philippine Wetlands was the amount One Hundred Fifty
Thousand Philippine Pesos. The donation was part of
the proceeds of the coffee table book "Laguna de Bay,
the Living Lake".
The ceremonial turnover of the check was during the
Stakeholders Conference for Laguna de Bay on 20 August
2003 at the Manansala Hall of Holiday Inn Galleria,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The check that was handed by Mr. Chito Macapagal, the
General Manager for Corporate Development of Unilever
Philippines, was received by the President of the SCPW,
Mr. Mon Romero.
Resolution No. 35 congratulates and commends the Laguna
Lake Development Authority, Unilever Philippines,
and the Society for the Conservation of Philippine
Wetlands in their successful bid making the Laguna de
Bay the 18th member of the Living Lakes Network. The
Resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives on
17 October 2001.
This was introduced (House Resolution No. 140) by
Representative Joaquin M. Chipeco, Jr. during the first
regular session of the Twelfth Congress.