To celebrate this year’s Earth Day, series of activities were initiated by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Camarines Sur headed by PENRO Officer Grace L. Cariño together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Goa, Sipocot, and Iriga led by CENR Officers Daisy M. Terciano, Eduardo C. Ampongan and Nestor Franz A. Fortuno, respectively.

A total of three thousand six hundred (3,600) Bamboo propagules were planted at Barangay Sogod, Calabanga and Gatbo, Ocampo Camarines Sur and some one hundred fifty (150) Dangkalan seedlings were planted along Sooc River, Sooc, Lupi, Camarines Sur. Also, about three hundred seventeen (317) kilograms of plastic waste were collected during the Clean-up Drive at Barangay Sooc, Lupi, Camarines Sur.

An onsite Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) regarding Earth Day and Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act were also conducted by CENRO Sipocot. Meanwhile, PENRO Camarines Sur also attended the webinar on “Earth Day Celebration: Restoring the Earth through Green Recovery” hosted by the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners.

The series of activities for the Earth Day celebration were participated in by the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Ocampo, Sipocot and Lupi, Camarines Sur. Also present in the event were the Kabalikat Civic Communicators Association members, PNP 4th Battalion Camarines Sur, and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries of the Department of the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The International Earth Day is celebrated annually every 22nd of April as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. This celebration provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity.  This year’s theme, “Restore Our Earth; Be Part of the Change” focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking to restore the world’s ecosystems.