By Minerva BC Newman
CEBU CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas kicks off Environment Month with the end use of plastics campaign.
DENR-7 regional director Gilbert Gonzales said the focus is to raise public awareness on the harmful impacts of single-use plastics and initiate collaborative efforts to promote sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives.
Gonzales went on that plastic in any form is one of the biggest challenges of the environment.
We encourage our local communities especially in Central Visayas to be ‘environmentally-responsible consumers by choosing reusable items over plastic packaging, Gonzales said.
According to Gonzales this year’s Philippine environment month adopts a global theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.”
The theme aims to minimize society’s high dependency on plastic and to drumbeat the urgency of preserving the environment and natural resources.
Activities lined up for the month:
According to Gonzales the celebration starts with a foot parade, opening program and blood-letting activity on June 4 at Ecotech Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City with the different government agencies attending.
On June 5, is World Environment Day (WED) celebration and DENR7 will also lead a motorcade, road clean up and Zumba for Solidarity in Fuente Osmena Circle, Cebu City.
There will also be Satellite ENR frontline services, consultations and seedlings distribution that is open for general public.
Mangrove planting with coastal clean-up will also be conducted by the community environment and natural resources offices (CENRO) in various coastal areas in the region.
Other special activities include mine tour and responsible mining symposium at the Solid Earth Development Corporation Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc., San Fernando, Cebu on June 26.
On June 20, there is a turn-over of donated environmental information materials and references to the Cebu City public library and green schools campaign.
Green Films Festival at SM Consolacion on June 19; and a region-wide simultaneous tree planting to highlight the Arbor Day celebration on June 25.