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Capiceņos urged to support Earth Hour

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (23 March) -- The Provincial Government of Capiz has urged the public to join the efforts in addressing global warming by supporting the Earth Hour.

Provincial Administrator Francisco Dariagan called on Capiceņos to put off their lights and other electrical appliances for one hour on March 27 to manifest the support for action on climate change.

"In our simple way, we can also help to save Mother Earth which is now having an ailment because of man?s doings," Dariagan said.

He stressed that global warming and climate change are very threatening environmental issues that need to be addressed by everybody.

The observance of the Earth Hour on Saturday, March 27 will be from 8:30 to 9:30 in the evening.

For this event, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno has enjoined all local chief executives to organize events and activities to promote the global Earth Hour this month.

Puno, in a memorandum, called on provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and punong barangays to organize their own Earth Hour event in their jurisdictions by undertaking several activities.

Suggested activities include the announcement of Earth Hour during flag-raising ceremonies, hanging of banners, streamers or tarpaulins to generate awareness on the event, switching off of non-essential lights and electrical appliances at the provincial, city and municipal halls for one hour or at least within the Earth Hour on March 27, and the use of fluorescent lights instead of incandescent bulbs in government installations.

Puno stressed that said activities will contribute a great deal in addressing global warming and in ensuring a sustainable future for the present generation and the generations to come.

Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually.

Through the Earth Hour, households and businesses are asked to turn off their non-essential lights and other electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. (PIA) [top]

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