Pangasinan observes World Environment Month
By Venus May H. Sarmiento
Lingayen, Pangasinan (8 June) -- The province observed today the kick-off ceremony for the World Environment Month to remind Pangasinenses the importance of saving Mother Earth.
A simple program was held after the joint flag raising ceremony at the provincial Capitol where provincial officials and employees joined officers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the agency that spearheads both the Flag Day Celebration and the Environment Month.
PENRO Officer-in-Charge Leduina Co said that since the re-organization of DENR in 1987, the month of June has been observed as environment month. "The environment month is a worldwide activity that aims to bring awareness to everyone living in this planet Earth. Our only earth is needing so much rehabilitation, conservation and protection of the remaining natural resources," Co explained.
Co added that her office has been conducting massive reforestation programs for upland and coastal municipalities as well as information campaign in local government units for the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. "One of the culprits of climate change is the improper management of solid wastes," Co noted.
She also lauded the efforts of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. for his valuable contribution to the preservation and protection of the environment as seen in the province. Incidentally, Espino is a Special Environment and Natural Resources Officer deputized by Secretary Lito Atienza in August 2008.
Espino for his part said climate change is alarming, frightening and is something to be attended to immediately especially by industrialized countries. "Although we are affected, there are small things that we can do. Small contributions to mitigate the effect of climate change." Espino said.
Espino recalled that when he was a congressman, his office has planted 300,000 seedlings which are now full-grown trees. As a governor now, he said he plans to plant 50,000 more mangrove seedlings in Arnedo, Bolinao this rainy season in addition to those initially planted this year.
Other activities include cleaning beaches and rivers and creating a task force which will help reclaim or preserve foreshore areas, which he said, will benefit the next generation.
"If in time, our next generation asks us, 'Sir, ano ba ang ginawa niyo sa environment niyo nung kayo ay namumuno at nagtatrabaho para sa probinsiya?', ano ang isasagot natin? We have one month to think about that." Espino said in answer to his own question.
Espino ended his message with a tale about an one old woman vendor whom he saw at the beach. Espino said the old woman approached him and said,' Sir, salamat ed gagaween yo, masansanting manayay beach tayo' to which Espino answered, "Parad sikayo ya."
The program was followed by a tree planting activity at the strategic locations of the Capitol compound including the vicinity of the Narciso Ramos Complex. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]