PWD, Senior Citizens and Youth to lead Earth Day celebrations

HUNDREDS OF persons with disability (PWD), senior citizens and youth employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR) here will take the lead in this year Earth Day celebrations on April 22.

According to Tirso Parian, Jr, deputy director for Management Services and In-Charge, Office of the Regional Director of DENR in Central Luzon, this year Earth Day celebration will highlight the vital role played by the PWD, senior citizen and the youth sector of the society in protecting and conserving the environment.

“Every members of the society even those that are physically challenge, the older and younger ones have significant impact to save mother Earth. Because in the end, planet Earth is our one and only home”, he explained.

He said various activities have lined up focusing on the international theme “Trees for the Earth, Let’s get planting” while adopting the local campaign slogan “Step Up and Deliver, #Green EnvironmentGawingForever”.

This years’ theme underscores the important role of trees and forests as the number one shield of planet Earth against global warming and climate change, he added.

Signing of covenant to save mother Earth with the PWD, senior citizens, youth sector and other stakeholders of the DENR will be one of the features of this year celebrations.

Youth members of DENR will be conducting massive clean-up of waterways, barangay roads and office premises synchronize with the city wide campaign of the local government of San Fernando.

The PWD and senior citizen will take part in the soil potting as one of the many processes involve in nursery operations in preparation for the coming tree planting season this June to September.

Environmental education lecture on solid waste management and ecological film showing will be the finale of this year’s 46th Earth Day festivity.

The first Earth Day was celebrated in April 22, 1970, pioneered by American senator Gaylord Nelson after witnessing the catastrophic oil spill in Sta. Barbara, California in the U.S.

In the Philippines, Presidential Proclamation No. 1482 was signed in 2008 declaring that year as Year of Planet Earth and the month of April every year thereafter as the Month of Planet Earth.

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DENR receives P1.2 M worth firefighting equipment to boost reforestation in N.Ecija

PALAYAN CITY, Nueva Ecija--- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here received recently some P1.2 million worth of firefighting equipment from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to further boost the reforestation and protection of the 44,000-hectare Pantabangan-Carranglan watershed in Nueva Ecija under the Forestland Management Project (FMP), environment official said. 

Alfredo Collado, provincial chief of DENR in Nueva Ecija said the firefighting tools would be helpful to sustain their efforts in the protection of the plantations that have already been established under FMP inside the Pantabangan-Carranglan watershed.

“Grassfire is one of the factors that destroy our forest plantations. If we cannot protect our reforestation areas from this destructive agent, our efforts would be nothing,” he explained.

He said the delivery of firefighting equipment is very timely for their preparation in the coming summer months this March and April and will augment their present capabilities in fire suppression and control, he said.

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