Saringaya is a Bicol term which means lush or abundance of growth, "Saringaya Award" was coined in 2000 by former DENR key officials who wanted to recognize outstanding personalities and communities who helped DENR in carrying out its mandate through their initiatives and advocacies. Dubbed as the highest regional award given by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V, the Local Government of Calabanga bagged the 19th Saringaya Award for Local Government Entities in recognition of the efforts contributed in the conservation and preservation of the environment on June 27, 2019 at the Casablanca Convention Hall, Legazpi City.
The search for nominees of the 19th Saringaya Award started last April 1 for the duration of 2 months. Selection Criteria included five major points, such as: (1) Environmental Protection (20%); (2) Environmental Conservation (20%); (3) Environmental Rehabilitation (20%); (4) Sustainability of the Programs/Projects (20%); and (5) Social Relevance and/or Environmental Impact (20%). On its 19th year, the search was opened to all individuals, industries, non-government organizations (NGOs), and People's Organizations (POs), whose environmental programs are not funded by the DENR, any National Government Agency (NGA) or Local Government Unit (LGU).
For the Local Government Unit ,The LGU of Calabanga ,Camarines Sur was lauded for being an effective partner in environmental conservation, protection and rehabilitation and in recognition of its continued and strengthened commitment for the implementation of various mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation programs and projects. The Conferment of a Saringaya award to individuals and stakeholders is a symbol of great work and honor to those who endeavor to preserve, sustain manage and protect our biodiversity and the environment that we live in. Proudly representing the LGU Calabanga community at the awarding ceremonies were Mayor Eduardo A. Severo, and Mrs.Eleanor V. Veluz, The Municipal assessor .