SAN FABIAN, Pangasinan — The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) rolled out on Tuesday the Green Caravan, an awareness drive to promote environmental education in the communities.
Regional Director Maria Dorica Hipe of EMB in the Ilocos said, the green caravan is one of the activities of the Regional Ecology Center (REC) and the Regional Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Education (RIACEE) to bring the awareness and information campaign to the barangay officials of every barangay in the region.
“Mahalaga na ang ating mga barangay officials ay aware sa mga batas na pinapatupad ng DENR. They are our partners in the community especially on laws pertaining to clean air, clean water and solid waste management,” Hipe told the Philippine Information Agency in Pangasinan.
For the pilot implementation of the caravan, EMB targeted San Fabian town in Pangasinan and will soon be held in other provinces of the region.
EMB also invited senior citizen officers of the town.
“Senior citizens are also considered as leaders in the community. They are very active in village activities and are good advocates of environmental protection,” Hipe explained.
Macoy Generao, president of the Federation of Senior Citizen Association of San Fabian, said the activity is timely as there should be an immediate approach on the problems of global warming and the many illnesses due to climate change and environmental conditions.
“We are not the owners of this Earth, we are just the overseers. The Earth is our life, if we will not help maintain the condition of the Earth, we will die. So there should be consistency of the program,” Generao said.
Meanwhile, Director Hipe said awareness of local officials on the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act is generally high.
Compliance of LGUs to the solid waste management plans have significantly increased to 33 percent from 25 percent in the previous year.
“Ang maganda sa Region I, ang awareness ng mga local official natin ay mataas na. In that way, they are motivated to comply,” Hipe said.
The Green Caravan tackled discussions on Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act; Republic Act 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous Nuclear Waste Control Act of 1990; and Lead Poisoning Prevention.