Ilocos Sur adds voice to environmental protection

By: Imelda C. Rivero, PIA, Ilocos Sur

VIGAN CITY, June 15 (PIA) – Residents here have added their voices to the growing movement for the protection of the environment.

To mark Environment Month this June, the provincial government and the Environment and Natural Resources Office (Enro) led the coastal planting and clean up in line with the province’s greening program.

At least 100,000 tree seedlings were distributed to 50 non-government organizations of the province, said Raymond Sinay, Enro officer-in-charge.

Mangrove trees-planting was earlier conducted in barangay Las-ud in Santa Cruz town and barangay Darapidap in Candon City to kick off World Environment Day on June 5 with the theme “Raise Your Voice, not the Sea Level.”

Coastal clean up was also held on June 10 in the coastal barangays of Sived, Casili and Calay-ay of Santo Domingo town.

Other activities lined up include tree planting in barangay San Mariano in Bantay town on June 25; tree planting and seedling distribution on June 27 in Barangay Palacapac in Candon City to celebrate Fiesta ti Kabambantayan (Feast of the Mountains); and free Patent distribution will be held at the provincial Capitol and San Emilio municipal hall on June 19 and 25 respectively.

A summit on environmental issues and laws, focusing on climate change, will be conducted on June 19 at the Capitol hall for the 34 municipal and city environment and natural resources officers, presidents of the 34 groups of barangay captains, and 34 environment chairmen of the municipal or city Councils.

To help the youth understand environmental issues and management, information dissemination will be conducted on June 23-27 in public elementary and secondary schools of the province.

To establish the tree planting program of all these schools in cooperation with the provincial government, a memorandum of agreement will be signed on June 23 by Governor Ryan Singson and Dr. Marino Baytec, Department of Education superintendent.

The Feast of the Mountains was first celebrated prior to 2010 to green Candon City. This was a project of the city government led by Mayor Allen Singson, reserving more than a hundred hectares of watershed area in Barangays San Andres and Palacapac.

In 2010 when the feast was celebrated on July 6, more than 100,000 seedlings were planted by students, government workers, soldier, private groups and individuals, and residents of the city and the province. Residents of these barangays are in charge of watering the planted tree seedlings.#