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PENRO Kalinga calls on community involvement in environmental programs

TABUK, Kalinga (28 April) -- In line with the call of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to implement the Green Philippines Environmental Plan (GPEP), the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) is on the process of identifying areas to establish reforestation programs.

PENRO Diego Ambatali said that under the program, Kalinga had actively participated in the recent Green Philippine Highway Project.

“As part our tree planting program, I have directed the two CENROs in the province to identify and evaluate areas to establish our reforestation projects,” he said explaining that the people in said areas must also have an active participation in the endeavor.

As observed, many of the reforestation program failed because there was no participation of the community, he said

“To ensure that environmental programs of the government are successful, we need to involve the people and other sectors of the community like the schools, local government units, government agencies and non-government groups,” he stressed, pointing out that as an assurance of commitment a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) should be signed by all concerned parties.

Asked about the observed global warming and other climate change phenomena, Ambatali said that the CENROs of Pinukpuk and Tabuk had been conducting Information Education Campaigns (IECs) concerning global warming.

He, however, said that they have limitations in the conduct of said activity due to financial constraints and lack of IEC materials. Thus, they usually tie-up with associate groups and with the media in disseminating information.

Ambatali likewise suggested that information on environmental concerns and preservation should also be included in the curriculum especially in the elementary grades considering that children can influence their families if inculcated in their minds the importance of caring for their environment.

“Definitely, caring for the environment should involve everybody on all levels from the home to the community, involving the Local Government Units,” he stressed.

President Arroyo, in her speech during the Earth Day rites, underscored that ‘no nation can aspire to become modern without thinking of the environment’. She likewise gave pointers on the four fold scope of the GPEP which are reforestation; preservation of reefs and waterways; scrubbing the land and air of pollutants that danger the health of citizens and energy independence. (ggd/PIA Kalinga) [top]

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