By: JENNIFER C. TILOS
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Negros Oriental highlight climate change advocacy as the center of the ‘Environment Month’ celebration as it ends on June 28 with a “Walk, Run & Bike for Environment.
Thousands of students from nine colleges and universities in Dumaguete City are expected to participate in the event with the officials and personnel from the DENR, ENRD and NOSDEP of NegOr province, ENRO of Dumaguete City, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and other national and local government agencies and NGOs leading the ‘Walk, Run & Bike’ to raise awareness on climate change issues.
Students and group- participants will run, walk and bike the 1-2 kilometers starting from each respective schools and offices at 5:30 a.m. and converge at the Freedom Park, Capitol Area, Dumaguete City.
At 7:00 a.m., a short program will be held of which invited guests Dr. Angel Alcala, former environment secretary, Governor Roel Degamo, and DENR-7 regional director Dr. Isabelo Montejo to deliver their messages to give meaning to the celebration and stimulate public awareness of the challenges of global climate change that the environment faces today.
Likewise, the DENR Negros Oriental will also lead a group of environmental-advocates in planting mangroves at Mantalip Reef in Bindoy town in celebration of Arbor Day on June 25.
The activity is also part of the Environment Day celebration which anchored on the theme, “Small Islands and Climate Change: Raise your voice, not the sea level”.
PENRO Charlie Fabre said small islands faced with many environmental challenges brought about by Climate change.
Rising ocean levels is threatening to wipe out if not reduce small islands into smaller pieces of lands. Melting ice and the expansion of the oceans which both due to global warming are the causes of sea level rise, said Fabre.
Dumaguete City joined the country in the celebration with 30 barangays participated in the citywide clean-up on June 21 where NFA, DENR, PIA personnel and 4Ps recipients helped out in the drive.
Barangay Candau-ay officials also helped in the clean-up drive by gathering plastic trash/garbage, dried leaves, twigs among others along the roads and near the dumpsite.
Series of advocacies of DENR and PIA will focus on the distinct theme of “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago.” (mbcn/JCT/PIA7-Negros Oriental)