BAGUIO CITY, June 29 (PIA) -- Environmental and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu calls for cooperation and support of the Cordillerans and the Filipino nation to protect and conserve the country’s environment and natural resources.
“Everyone's cooperation and accountability are important to ensure an acceptable quality of our environment and sustainable management of our natural resources,” Cimatu stated in his message read by Undersecretary for Field Operations Juan Miguel Cuna during the opening of the 2018 Cordillera Environmental Summit in Baguio City on Wednesday, June 27.
Cimatu stressed that there is a need for the government and private sectors down to the barangay levels, to work together to address the worsening problems on the environment.
“We, in government cannot do it alone; we have to act together in addressing alarming environmental issues and concerns. Together we aim to fortify our efforts to protect the natural resources and maintain the ecological balance for the present and future generations,” he said.
“Undeniably, we are all responsible in conserving these natural gifts to sustain our environment and natural resources,” he added.
The Secretary also stressed the need to change behaviour and instill discipline in managing our own waste as the country’s significant and very visible environmental problem is solid waste. He cited
Boracay Island which is currently facing a tough challenge to revive its serenity and beauty due to three major problems namely mismanagement of solid waste, poor sewerage systems, and illegal discharge of waste water.
“We request for the cooperation, understanding, and active involvement of all the stakeholders given that the process of restoring the global prominence of Boracay Island as one of the best beaches for its talcum fine white sand and its crystalline waters is tough, yet worthwhile,”he said.
Cimatu also commended the different local government units from the provincial, municipal and the barangay levels for their efforts in environment protection and conservation. He emphasized that the role of the local government units is very significant and their continued support and commitment in implementing a comprehensive solid waste management within their respective jurisdictions is very necessary against the worsening solid waste management in the Philippines.
The 3-day summit was attended by local chief executives and other officials, environment officers, Solid Waste Management focal persons, representatives from national government agencies, academe, business and industry sector, non-government organizations and other civil society organizations in the region.
The activity was in line with the celebration of June as Environment Month with the theme “Sustaining Cooperation and Partnerships.”
(PIA CAR with Candice Monzon/UC Intern)