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DND chief keynotes opening of Kasanggayahan 2009

by BA Recebido

Preservation of environment and compassion to one another underscored

Sorsogon Province (October 20) -- National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro emphasizes on eco-tourism, peace and order situation, unanimity, and concern for each other as strong points in combating the ill-effects of disaster and climate change, now felt not only in the Philippines but across the world.

"Our care for and preservation of environment and our compassion for others are best solutions to address the various environmental problems besetting the country, including global warming and climate change," Teodoro said during the opening of the Kasanggayahan Festival 09 here, held Saturday, October 17, where he served as the guest of honor.

Saying the life of the next generation depends on how we care for and preserve our present environment, Teodoro delved on four-point agenda in his visit to the Land of Kasanggayahan.

First, he underscored sustainable eco-tourism which is now being advocated by the province as potential for its development. "Through this, the capacity of Sorsogon will be strengthened, tourists will flock, businesses will boom and the locals will have employment."

"And since the province's, city and municipalities' income will grow, there will be sufficient budget for infrastructure projects that will protect the community and sustain the "build better, be better" program," he further said.

According to him, if Sorsogon aims to become a premier tourist destination, its environment must be protected to uphold its advancement. "The local government must be very careful in advocating progress since borne as a burden of every development are damages to environment and the community as well," he stressed out.

Second, Teodoro delved on peace and order situation. As DND Secretary, he believes that use of armaments has no space in democracy, "what is needed instead, is a clear-headed dialogue so as to meet each one's purpose."

He also called for the insurgents to drop off their arms and help in promoting Sorsogon, likewise, the public to accept and give them the chance to live a peaceful and normal life.

Thirdly, he conveyed his greetings and gratitude for the very laudable outpour of support from the local government units not only here in Sorsogon but even in Visayas and Mindanao in sharing part of what they will get from their festivals to help victims of the past two deleterious typhoons.

He also called on LGUs here to finish or review at once their respective Zoning and Land Use Plan before Sorsogon becomes a highly urbanized province.

Fourth, is to encourage Sorsoganons that besides material help, inspiration must also be provided for the immediate resurgence of our fellow Filipino every after a disaster strike.

Teodoro also said that the clear theme of Kasanggayahan festival convinced him that this has to be pushed through amidst the crises faced by Filipinos in Central and Northern Luzon due to the onslaught of successive typhoons "Ondoy" and "Pepeng".

"Kasanggayahan Festival is needed for us to truly feel the real spirit of compassion," he said. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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