CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-10 official cited there is no other planet for humankind to thrive if Earth is destroyed.
In celebration of Environment Month, Lawyer Ban Mikhael Pacuribot, chief of legal division, Office of the Regional Executive Director, DENR-10, shared in Talakayan sa PIA, media forum that this year’s theme, “Aksyon sa Natatanging Mundo” is a general concept but has a deep meaning.
“Giabot na sa 25% per year ang gakaguba nato nga natural resources, again dili na tinuyo, we acknowledge there is a need for human development for progress pero ato sad i-acknowledge nga kana nga progress ang nahimong collateral damage is ang environment,” he said.
(Every year, 25% of natural resources are destroyed, again it is not intentional, we acknowledge there is a need for human development for progress but we have to acknowledge that this kind of progress has made the environment as collateral damage)
The planet’s devastation is no longer effects of natural calamities but of human activities. Meanwhile, the challenge of the government now, he shared is “how to sustain development without totally destroying the only environment we have.”
Engr. Dovee Cherry Geollegue, chief Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division, Environmental and Management Bureau (EMB), shared they are in charge of the regulation of firms and industries.
“Pollution is already here and our task is how to manage it,” she said.
The EMB is in close coordination with the local government units (LGUs) especially because the country’s environmental laws on air, water, and solid waste are all in collaboration with the LGUs. Meanwhile they are partnering with firms to have a program on social development, corporate social responsibility that are attuned to the protection of the environment.
Lined up activities for this month include nationwide simultaneous tree growing. In Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City close to 400 individuals participated and about 4,000 seedlings were planted. The department will have another tree growing, June 25.
Pacuribot explained that the DENR’s mandate is to protect the environment, but this Environment Month, they would like to involve the general public in various activities such as tree growing among others. (JMOR/PIA-10)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-10 shares a lineup of activities for National Environment Month in June during Talakayan sa PIA, media forum at SM City Cagayan de Oro. (JAKA/PIA-10)