DENR Bicol leads three environmental celebrations in November

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V has slated several activities to mark three very important environmental celebrations: the National Clean Air Month, the National Environmental Awareness Month and the National Climate Change Consciousness Week. 

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said the three events are celebrated this month all geared towards the protection of the environment at the same time, awareness raising campaigns to elevate environmental consciousness among Bicolanos. 

RD Gonzales said the EMB regional office has lined up several activities for the month-long celebrations, with the theme, "Environmental Sustainability: Moving Into Greater Actions," focusing on small actions that translate into positive impacts when done collectively.

On November 12, an Operators Forum regarding fuel conservation and efficiency in road transport in partnership with the Land Transportation Office (LTO), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will be held to apprise key players in the transport industry on Philippine Clean Air Act or RA 8749 among other laws implemented for mobile sources and likewise, to promote the need to curb exhaust pollutants from on-road motor vehicles by maintaining them in good working condition. 

The Air Quality Management Section of the EMB and the LTO will be conducting an anti-smoke belching campaign on November 12-14 in major thoroughfares of the region to complement the campaign of lessening air pollution from mobile sources. 

DENR will also spearhead an Interfaith Conference on Climate Change on November 14 at the Ateneo de Naga University to involve local religious leaders in climate change adaptation and mitigation initiative being promoted by the agency. 

The DENR Dalaw Turo program, an innovative educational tool for teaching and promoting environmental messages on nature conservation, will do a series of IEC sorties starting on the second week of November throughout Bicol’s six provinces. 

On November 19-25 the EMB will also be staging a regionwide environmental symposium to mainstream the department’s thrust in environmental protection and management. 

The annual bike for clean air will be on November 22 dubbed as “Pidal para sa gabos: Para sa Malinig na Paros Part III” a staple activity in line with the Clean Air Month which through the years has been making a huge following among bikers and environmental volunteers. 

To cap the month-long celebration, the Bureau will hold a climate change exhibit at Central Plaza Mall, in Daet, Camarines Norte to provide a glimpse of the current state of the global climate, the impact of climate change in the Philippines and the everyday actions that everyone can take to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.

Press Release: November 3, 2014

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STATEMENT OF DENR SECRETARY GINA LOPEZ ON THE PROPOSED UNDERWATER THEME PARK IN CORON, PALAWAN

“If the underwater theme park would cause the destruction of corals, right away, I will say no way. The fishermen need corals. The corals are the home for the fish, and some of our corals have shells and sponges that can cure cancer. I will never allow our biodiversity to be killed for money that some people want to make.

The Philippines is a country of seven thousand islands, which has the highest endemism per unit area in the entire world, while Palawan is the number one island destination in the planet. It has rich biodiversity and lots of ecotourism potentials that should be primarily tapped by the Filipino people for the Filipino people.

In any case, whatever decision that the DENR will make shall be filtered and anchored on social justice, which means that the marine resources of Palawan should benefit the greater majority.”###

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