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PIA Press Release
2010/06/04

DENR: Environment is everybody's business

Tagbilaran City (4 June) -- Environment is everybody's business.

Thus sums up the hour-long gist of discussions at the recent Kapihan sa PIA to celebrate the beginning of the Environment Month in June.

And to keep the business going, it would seem that everybody should do well manage it.

And for the local environment office upon whose shoulders people assume the environment protection is their prime responsibility, both Provincial Environment Officer (PENRO) Nestor Canda and Community Environment Officer (CENRO) Eusalem Quiwag argue: mitigating the problem of unburdening the environment is everybody's task.

On to forging partnerships to this end, environment authorities sound the call for everyone to get their acts together for a common goal.

We are many species in this earth, but we only have One planet and One Future, details CENRO Quiwag as he revealed the national theme for the celebration.

"Everybody generates waste everyday, and it is but just right that every-one must do his share of mitigating the speedy destruction of the only planet we have" says PENRO Canda during the forum aired live over DyTR AM.

"We moan and groan about the hot climate and yet we have not asked ourselves what have we done to get this," comments a known environmental advocate who reacted after the forum.

Defining environment as the totality of the correlation among the land, air, water, wildlife and man in his surroundings, Canda explained that upsetting the delicate relationships among the factors of the environment have so far been pointed out by experts as the cause of climate change leading to the climate change and global warming.

Short of saying that global warming is the biggest of the earth's concern to the moment, Canda cited the unproductive land in Bohol has pushed most of our people to migrate to other areas.

Improper use of land through destructive kaingin, unabated cutting of trees and dwindling forest cover have so far worsened the problem, which has affected Bohol's water supply, he attempts at tracing the correlation.

Admitting that the environment department could not just attend to the multitude of problems caused by the impacts of humanity on the environment, both Canda and Quiwag sound the call to partnership with communities and local government units to hasten the climate change mitigation measures.

LGUs have been given the power to implement regulations that can help control the human effects to the environment, Canda explained.

The Comprehensive Land Use Plan, for example. If LGUs get to properly implement land use plans, un-planned development can be solved.

By unplanned development, Canda meant the sprouting of urban dwellings in areas, which also sprout massive problems of waste disposal, improper utilization of resources and even overpopulation.

If LGUs do not use their powers, they will realize they have spawned more environment problems that impact on the future, Canda said. (PIA) [top]

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