Negros Occidental government and business leaders yesterday led the signing of a covenant committing to implement green programs to combat the ill effects of climate change and global warming at the start of the 17th Provincial Environment Week.
Also signed was a covenant for the implementation of the Barangay Kapitolyo Solid Waste Management Program at rites at the Negros Occidental Multipurpose Cooperative gym in Bacolod City.
“The launching of the Green Campus, Green Business and Barangay Kapitolyo Solid Waste Management Programs signifies our commitment to create environmental consciousness among the masses with the help of students, city and municipal officials, the business sector and non-government organizations,” Gov. Isidro Zayco said.
He said the theme of this week’s celebration “Global warming…If you care…Do your share” is a challenge to all Negrenses to do their share in addressing the critical issue of climate change.
“We need to strengthen initiatives in protecting and conserving our ecological balance and promoting good local environmental governance,” Zayco said.
The Green Business Covenant signed by Zayco, Voice Governor Emilio Yulo, Roberto Montelibano – president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Benjamin Ortega – president of the Bacolod Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Luis Chan – Amity Club president, and Harish Nandwani – director of the Association of Filipino-Indians of Negros Occidental commits to the implementation of Green Business Programs .
“If we don’t act now, climate change and global warming will permanently alter the lands and waters we all depend upon for survival.” the covenant said.
Meanwhile, the Green Campus is a pioneering project of the provincial government in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, NOPSSCEA and various schools in the province, to intensify environmental awareness and initiatives among school campuses in the province.
The Barangay Kapitolyo Solid Waste Management Program obligates all Provincial Government officials and employees to observe the proper waste segregation and disposal in their offices in pursuance of the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
A “Walk for the Environment” which was a prelude to the opening ceremony was attended by more than 800 participants from more than 10 schools and organizations.
Bacolod City Councilor Jocelle Batapa Sigue, chairperson of the Earth Day Convenors, turned over information and education campaign about the environment to Negros Occidental local government at the environment week rites yesterday.
Terence Dacles of GTZ turned over computer sets, printers and digital cameras to San Enrique, Pontevedra represented by Mayor Jose Ma. Alonso and Cadiz City, while Toboso, Escalante, the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist and the PEMO received a GPS device to improve coastal fisheries resource management and implementation of a fishing vessel registration system.
MMBCCI, through Montelibano, and Department of Science and Technology Regional Director Rowen Gelonga turned over 10 Portable Bio Digesters (Biogas equipment) to the provincial government.*CPG