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PIA Press Release
2009/06/03

DENR spearheads triple environment events in June

Tacloban City (June 3) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is spearheading three events this month of June, the Philippine Environment Month, the World Environment Day on June 5, and the Philippine Eagle Week on June 5-10.

In order to make the triple events more meaningful, the Department of Environment Region 8 lead by Regional Executive Director Regidor de Leon has partnered with government agencies and the church in the implementation of several commemorative activities.

Ms. Purificacion Daloos, head of the Regional Public Affairs office of DENR 8, said that the agency has tapped the support of the religious sector, both the Roman Catholic Church and the other religious denominations to include the message of World Environment Day, Philippine Environment Month and the Philippine Eagle Week in all their masses and church services starting June 5 until the end of the month.

On June 5, a motorcade along the major thoroughfares of Tacloban City will be conducted in order to highlight the triple events. Expected to join the motorcade are representatives of the various government agencies, socio civic organizations and other partners of DENR.

Heightened information, education and communications campaigns shall be conducted in various national high schools region-wide where there are sightings of the Philippine Eagle, Ms. Dalooos further said.

A verification survey on the presence of the Philippine Eagle will also be conducted at Mt. Naculod, Silago, Southern Leyte. An intensified surveillance and monitoring of raptor trade in the region will also be conducted as part of the celebration of the Philippine Eagle Month.

For this year, the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month focuses the theme "Your Planet Needs You - Unite to Combat Climate Change."

The theme has been adopted from this year's celebration of the World Environment Day on June 5 as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1972. It reflects the urgency for nations to agree on a new deal at the crucial convention meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark later this year, and the links with overcoming poverty and improved management of forests.

Ms. Daloos informed that the World Environment Day celebration is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

The celebration of World Environment Day is aimed at giving a human face to environmental issues; empowering people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promoting an understanding that communities are vital to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership which will ensure that all nations and peoples enjoy a safer and more prosperous future. (PIA 8) [top]

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