Environment Month celebration folds up
Catbalogan City (29 June) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 08 folded up its Environment Month celebration yesterday at the UP Library Tacloban City.
According to Samar Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) George Guillermo, the department awarded its retirees, some winners in the different contests and DENR's active partners in its advocacy on the preservation and conservation of the environment.
In Samar province, Calbayog Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento was recognized for his efforts as regards the environment, so with Calbiga Mayor Melchor Nacario. Nacario personally received his certificate while Sarmiento was represented.
Employees from Samar given recognition of their outstanding service to the department, included Cristina Udequin of PENRO, Leslie dela Cruz and Danilo Dilda.
The DENR also awarded workers and retirees form the other provinces.
Environment Month is observed in June pursuant to Proclamation No. 237 issued by former President Corazon C. Aquino.
With this year's theme, "Beat the Heat! Let Us Work Towards a Safer Climate," the observance of June as Environment Month is commemorated annually.
Climate change was also tackled in the message of DENR Regional director Primitivo Galinato, Jr who talked of 'feeling the force of nature like rising sea temperature, floods, drought, depletion of flora and fauna, all triggered by global climate change.'
He challenged his men and those supporting the department' s environment advocacy to a unified action as the best way to deal with natural disasters.
Programs planned for a more comprehensive planning include land management, forest development, biodiversity, marine and coastal resources management, responsible mining, solid waste management, watershed and river rehabilitation, air quality management and partnerships and social mobilization concerns.
But as the environment month observation folded up, observance and implementation of ways to preserve and conserve the environment and natural resources shall continue, said Guillermo, as long as the plants shall grow. (PIA-Samar) [top]