By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY –The city joins the world in celebrating Earth Hour on March 30 by the switching off lights for an hour beginning 8:30 p.m.
A parade precedes the event, with city officials and employees marching from Luneta Hill down Session Road to City Hall grounds where a program is prepared.
Congressman Mark Go, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Vice Mayor Edison Bilog will give their Earth Hour messages, with the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) leading the pledge of support. The city hall choir and dance groups will provide hour-long entertainment after the lights switch-off, at the same venue.
Letters from League of Cities of the Philippines National President Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines, National Director and Climate Change and Energy Unit head Angela Consuelo Ibay to Domogan urging that the celebration is done with efforts for sustainable natural resources in mind.
The lights out initiative in 2007, the world’s largest grassroots movement, has grown to 188 countries.
Domogan requested public officials and local private establishment owners to turn off non-essential lights, signages, and select streetlights in key monuments and public spaces for one hour.