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CdeO exec calls on public to join "Earth Hour"

Cagayan de Oro City (22 March) -- City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula exhorted all residents, government agencies and business establishments in Cagayan de Oro City to join the "Earth Hour Movement" on March 27, 2010 when cities and towns across the world will turn off their lights for one hour- from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., sending a powerful global message that it is imperative to take positive action on global warming.

"I earnestly enjoin all the citizens of Cagayan de Oro to participate in this worldwide call to action on global warming and make a difference on climate change," Mayor Jaraula stressed in his Executive Order No. 2010CGJ- 15.

In turning off our lights, the City Chief Executive emphasized that we are sending a message to world leaders that we need a commitment to actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the short and long term benefit of the planet.

"By doing so, we will avert widespread disastrous impacts especially in developing countries like the Philippines," said Mayor Jaraula, who extensively articulates on the ill effects of global warming during environmental gatherings.

In his order, Mayor Jaraula called on barangay councils to switch off lights in major thoroughfares and landmarks; mobilize their constituents to switch off the lights in their households; and organize "Earth Hour" events.

For business establishments, the Mayor requested businessmen to switch off their signage and/or majority or all of the lights and facilities during "Earth Hour"; encourage employees to switch off lights in their households; display banners/streamers on their building fašade to promote public awareness; and use their communication channels to promote the activity.

Mayor Jaraula also called on leaders of the church, non-government organizations, civil society and the academe to encourage their networks and communities to support the one-hour switching off activity.

As he calls for massive support, the Mayor however urged the public to take extra precaution in using alternative sources of light such as candles, lamps, etc. during the period in order to prevent accidental fires.

Mayor Jaraula, top city officials and leaders of local environmental groups are expected to lead City Hall employees and participants in a switching off ceremony at the Kiosko Kagawasan in Divisoria on the said period. (City Information Office) [top]

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