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CENRO Iligan leads Earth Day celebration

by Lorry V. Gabule

Iligan City (26 April) -- Some 250 mangrove propagules were planted in Bayug Island, this city to highlight the commemoration of International Earth Day on April 22, 2007.

As one of the conveners to this year's Earth Day celebration, the Local Government Units (LGUs) through the City Fisheries Aquatic Resources Management Committee (CFARMC), at their own level, opted to have its coasts planted with mangrove, according to Mamacaya Lucman of the Community environment Resource Office, Iligan City-Department of Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO-DENR).

The planting of the propagules, as mangrove seedlings are called, was done in coordination with the City Environment and Management Office (CEMO).

The provincial level meanwhile saw 500 propagules planted in Princess Jane Beach Resort and Moboy Beach Resort in Rupagan, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte. Likewise, 300 propagules were planted in Napo Bakhaw Force, through the CFARMC Magoong Fishermen Association of Barangay Napo, Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

Lucman further said that they also monitored the saplings planted under DENR's Green Philippine Highways (GPH) Program by clearing weeds and repairing defective tree guards.

The DENR, Lucman added, with Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP), led the Earth Day rites and campaigned for a concerted effort from all sectors of society to sustain and manage the environment.

The national theme for this year is "Stewardship in Action."

Four major conveners were identified, each with corresponding areas of responsibility: Government for Green Governance; Church for Green Sacraments; Industry for Green Economics; and NGO/ Civil Society for Green Choices.

The conveners will be campaign for the following seven Eco-Battles namely: For Clean Air; For Clean Water; For Water Security; For Sustainable Resource Extraction; For Biodiversity Conservation; For Climate Change Reversal; and For Garbage-Free Communities.

Further, the EDNP has identified our Department as the main convener representing the Government sector, Lucman concluded. (PIA Iligan) [top]

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