Iloilo province to hold "Piyesta sa Kakahuyan"
by ES Subong
Iloilo City (7 September) -- The provincial government of Iloilo will conduct its 8th "Piyesta Sa Kakahuyan" in celebration of the Ilonggos' concern for a well-managed and sustainable environment.
The yearly event is in compliance with Provincial Ordinance no. 2000-040 which declares the holding of the activity in the month of September each year.
This year's "Piyesta" will be held at the mangrove area of Brgy. Pedada, Ajuy, Iloilo, on September 29, 2007, with the theme: Katunggan Amligan para sa Kinabukasan."
Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, Sr. said the annual "Piyesta sa Kakahuyan serves as a reminder for the people that the province is blessed with diverse species of flora and fauna and a rich natural resources, hence its environment should be managed under a framework that economically viable and socially acceptable to prevent further degradation.
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office(PENRO) said the main activity will be the tree planting in an open portion of the mangrove area, which was declared for rehabilitation.
It will be followed by a talk on Mangrove Protection by Dr. Jurgene Primavera of SEAFDEC, and messages from Ajuy Mayor Juan Alvarez and DENR Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio.
The event will start with a caravan from Iloilo City, which is expected to be participated in by about 600 to 800 participants representing government agencies, private sectors, the academe and the media. (PIA 6) [top]