Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Special Concerns Martin Jose Despi (1st row, left) and regional officials of the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), join awardees and their representatives in the first-ever EMB Game Changer Communities Award virtual ceremony on September 1, 2021. Named as the Top 3 winners were San Carlos City Environment Management Office in Negros Occidental, Provincial Government of South Cotabato, and the City Government of Santiago, Isabela. Seven organizations received consolation prizes. Launched in April 2021, the award aims to recognize individuals, civil society groups, local government units, and organizations who remarkably led projects on solid waste, air quality, water quality, and climate change mitigation in their communities beyond the usual approach to environmental management.###