They say “hard works pays off” and for sure that’s how one of the recipients, Tomasi Peni felt when the organization he works for was recognised at the National Environment Week Award Ceremony on Friday night.
Mr. Peni of the International Labor Organization (ILO) was one of the nine individuals who received awards under the Individual Awards Category on the night.
He was recognized by the Ministry for his role and for the I.L.O. programmes in advocating Disaster and Climate Resilience.
This is from their on-going country programmes that demonstrate the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity, civic, and social responsibility in conserving and promoting of environment.
Upon receiving the award Mr. Peni cheerfully said that he was grateful and humble to receive the award on behalf of the I.L.O. office in Apia, the Pacific Islands in Suva, and also the regional office in Bangkok and the I.L.O. headquarters in Geneva.
“It’s an honor for I.L.O. to receive such treatment from our partners; the Government, Employers and Employees,” he said.
“Our environmental and climate change sectorial works, come under Green Works for Green Jobs on Youth Employment Programme in Samoa.
“This is training provided nationally and internationally for youth and partners in Samoa. Others include collective partnership with D.M.O. of M.N.R.E. and the Red Cross Society to support and collect positive results for improving green jobs.
“Recently Samoa also assessed and develop a report on skills for green job competencies in agriculture in Samoa. There are many other activities that we offer under Samoa country programmes.”
“I am also grateful for the support from the Government and partners for all I.L.O. programmes in Samoa,” he said.
“I want to also dedicate this award to our hard working I.L.O. team in Suva and Bangkok and our office in the U.N. in Apia office, the working group of U.N. Y.E.P. team especially M.N.R.E. team and to the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry who nominated us for this award.
“Fa’afetai tele lava.”