DENR calls for environment- friendly holiday celebrations

BAGUIO CITY – With Christmas and New Year revelries just around the corner, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reminds the public to have an environment – friendly celebration.

DENR Cordillera Regional Director Ralph Pablo, in a kapihan media forum last Wednesday, said that the Christmas season generates lots of solid waste with materials used in gift giving, decorations and in celebration. He reminded the people on the proper management of solid waste especially to remember the three “Rs” (reduce, reuse and recycle).

For the New Year revelry, he calls on the public to do away with fireworks and firecrackers as aside from the waste it will generate, it will also contribute to air pollution.

“Limit your solid waste this yuletide season and find another way to make noise or to celebrate rather than using fireworks/firecrackers for the New Year, so all together we can contribute for a better air quality and a healthy community”, Pablo said.

‘If you care for the environment, the environment will also care for you’, he stressed.

The full implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Philippine Ecological Solid Waste Management Act remains a concern both at the regional and national level. Thus DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau continues to undertake programs, services and information advocacy to help the local government units towards the achievement of clean and healthy communities.

Just recently, the DENR and EMB Cordillera spearheaded the launching and operationalization of the Regional Ecology Center in the city. This will be a venue to provide technical and capacity building assistance as well as information and networking hub to further ecological solid waste management in the Cordillera. (JDP/CCD – PIA CAR)


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