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EMB-5 reiterates ozone layer protection campaign in Masbate

Masbate City (7 October) -- In observance of the Ozone Month celebration this September, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-MGB) Bicol re-echoed the need of human involvement in saving the continuous depletion of the ozone layer caused by the use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS).

In Masbate province, hundreds of participant- high school students and faculties from different towns and barangays in the province joined the Forum on Saving and Protecting the Ozone, simultaneously held with the Ozone exhibit held at Audio-Visual Bldg. of Osmeņa Colleges here.

Topics discussed included Ozone Layer Protection; the National Chloro-Fluoro Carbon Phase-out Plan, its initiatives, clean development mechanism, global and national response.

Dr. Eva S. Ocfemia, Pollution Control Division and Regional Ozone Desk officer, explained to the students the need to understand thoroughly the issues on climate change which is a global concern.

Moreover, to further encourage student's active involvement, the bureau conducted a mini ozone quiz and games which tested the knowledge and awareness of high school students on subjects that cover ozone layer protection and other factors that contribute to its depletion.

Each school received tokens and info materials from the bureau to use as references for further dissemination of information campaign to their school.

"We are happy that our college gained major participation in this noble undertaking and likewise we certainly share the aim of enhancing the awareness of younger generations in environmental protection and conservation," Dr. Wilfredo Peliņo, Osmeņa Colleges president, said.

Ozone Month celebration in September is in line with Montreal Protocol, an agreement of developed and developing countries to combat the alarming rate of ozone depletion through phasing out of ODS.

This year's theme states "Ozone Protection Unifies the World" encourages people throughout the world to get involved and take necessary actions to save human shield, the ozone layer. (EMB-5/PIA) [top]

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