DENR-Bicol kicks off Earth Day celebration

April 10, 2008 at 12:36 am Leave a comment


LEGAZPI CITY — Colorful activities participated in by numerous stakeholders, ordinary citizens and local government representatives mark the observance of Earth Day here from March 26 to April 22 to be spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“This is a nationwide event but Bicol region is actively supporting the occasion as delegates from the southern parts of the country will traverse several provinces here along the Maharlika Highway,” Fred Araya of DENR-Bicol said, quoting newly installed regional executive director Joselin Marcus Fragada.

Focusing on water, hence the theme “Tubig ay Buhay-Ating Pagyamanin at Linisin,” the caravan in Bicol will start from Matnog, Sorsogon on April 1 following the arrival of the delegation from Region VIII which will be met by DENR 5 officials led by Fragada.

Fragada said that after welcoming the Region VIII delegation, the caravan will proceed to Sorsogon City for the following activities: Anti-Smoke Belching Campaign, Information and Education campaign on Wildlife Conservation Protection to be hosted by Sorsogon Governor Sally Lee to introduce deputized Wildlife Conservation Officers, and signing of memorandum of agreement on Adopt-a-mojon program.

On April 2, the said caravan travels to Pili in Camarines Sur where the following will be held at the Provincial Capitol Complex Compound: Brief Presentation of the Bicol River Basin and Watershed Management Project (BRBBWMP), MOA signing on the Libmanan-Pulantuna Watershed Management Council (WMC) to be hosted by Governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte.

The caravan will pass along major thoroughfares in Naga City from 12 noon to 1 p.m. of the same day, then travel to Daet, Camarines Norte at 3 p.m., MOA signing on Watershed Management Council, and Bike for the Environment will be held at the Provincial Capitol Ground in Daet town.

On the last day (April 3) of the Bicol leg of the people’s caravan, the itinerary includes travel to Lucena City (5-7 a.m.), converge with DENR region 4-A at Calauag Quezon at 7:30 to 10 a.m., stopover at SM Lucena for the turnover of land documents from DENR Region 4-A to DENR 5 at 10 – 10:30 a.m. and travel to National Capital Region with stopover at SM Mall of Asia.

Fragada said other people’s caravan activities include Handog Titulo, People’s Day, motorcade and roadside tree planting (with Motortrade as partner) media interaction, signing of “Pangako sa Inang Kalikasan,” and information campaign against illegal logging in Catanduanes.

The people’s caravan delegation from the different regions will converge at San Fernando, Pampanga the following day (April 4).

Specific activities for the Earth Day celebration on April 22 in the Bicol region will be announced later, Fragada said.

The first Earth Day was held in 1970, marking a milestone in history where environmentalism took center stage and was translated into concrete action as a chance for people around the world to celebrate the planet and their responsibility toward it.
Locally, Earth Day celebration started in 1990 after then President Corazon C. Aquino issued Proclamation No. 553 on April 16, 1990, mandating April 22 every year as Earth Day in the Philippines. (PNA)


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