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          "Building Our 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.

          The 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 and partnership whose mission is to enhance the protection, restoration and rehabilitation of lakes, wetlands, other freshwater bodies of the world and their catchment areas.  Its membership 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 corporation).

         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 of wetlands.

         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.  

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