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PIA Press Release
2009/06/05

Environment Month celebration highlights value of people's participation to combat climate change

by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

Marawi City (5 June) -- An intensified information and education campaign on strategies that will either reduce or reverse the impact of climate change is necessary in the preservation of the environment.

Thus said Malik B. Pangandaman, Officer-In-Charge of the Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Marawi City stressing the importance of public support in mitigating the impact of climate change.

"A massive information drive will encourage the public to take active part in protecting the environment. Together, we can do many things to conserve and save biodiversity," he added.

He said as stewards of the environment, they will continue to strengthen their efforts on effective information and education campaign to enable the public to have a clear understanding of what climate change is all about and how it will affect their lives.

He further disclosed that as part of the World Environment Day celebration and commemoration of the Philippine Environment Month, they will conduct mass tree planting activity on the foot of Sacred Mountain in Marawi City to be joined by various government agencies and people's organizations.

During the month-long celebration, other tree planting activities will also be conducted in the towns of Malabang, Ganassi and Wao in Lanao del Sur.

Meanwhile, DENR Secretary Lito Atienza enjoins the Filipino people to support all government efforts to combat climate change.

"Let us join the fight against climate change. Let us work together to combat climate change which is the biggest and most threatening environmental issue facing mankind today," Secretary Atienza stressed.

In a resolution in 1972, the UN General Assembly declared June 5 of each year as World Environment Day to stimulate worldwide awareness on the preservation and enhancement of the environment.

In 1988, the month of June was also declared as Philippine Environment Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 237 recognizing the need to instill environmental awareness among various sectors of the society.

This year's celebration of environment month which is aimed to create public awareness on the impact of climate change will center on the theme "Your Planet Needs You- Unite to Combat Climate Change." (PIA-Marawi City) [top]

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