Pangasinan Environmental Summit

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More than 2,000 Pangasinenses commit to Environmental
Protection in the 1st Environmental Summit

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – A first in the Region, the Pangasinan Environmental Summit gained immense support from different stakeholders, attaining a total participation of more than 2,000 Pangasinenses on October 8, 2015 at the Sison Auditorium.  The Provincial Government of Pangasinan in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 1 and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 1 through the summit aims to present the status and address the issues and challenges on the environment.  Also, it seeks to galvanize support for the protection and preservation of the environment, natural resources and biodiversity.

       The summit which promoted environmental awareness and social responsibility revolved around the theme “Luntiang Ekonomiya, Kasali ka ba?”.  Lectures and presentations on environmental management were conducted to provide the participants an overview on Solid Waste Management, Water and Air Quality (presented by Environmental Management Bureau-1 Regional Director Ma. Victoria V. Abrera), National Greening Program (presented by Pangasinan PENR Officer Leduina Co), forest fire protection and Organic Agriculture (presented by OIC,Provincial Agriculturist Dalisay Moya) in the province of Pangasinan. 

         DILG-1 Regional Director Julie J. Daquioag encouraged everyone to commit and participate in the worldwide advocacy. “Let us do our share in taking care of our environment for the next generation”, she said. RD Daquioag also commended Pangasinan for being a consistent awardee for the cleanest, greenest and peaceful province in the region.

       DENR Undersecretary for Environment and International Environmental Affairs, Atty. Jonas R. Leones represented DENR Secretary Ramon JP. Paje as keynote speaker. Usec Leones expressed his sincere gratitude to the Provincial Government of Pangasinan as well as partner agencies and representatives from different sectors for being a part of the 1st Environmental Summit in the province and in the region. In relation to the theme, Usec Leones started with the definition of a green economy where it results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.  He stated that the growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.

     Usec Leones likewise lauded various environmental programs and projects implemented by the Provincial Government which earned them numerous awards such as the best local government unit best practices for its massive river clean-up and dregging operations, Hall of Fame award for Coastal Resources Management, 1st runner-up in the cleanest and safest government LGU search and  Best Performing LGU based on local governance on performance monitoring system.

        Moreover, encouraged more people to make a stand and join in the battle against environmental degradation. “Nagbabago na po ang panahon, panahon na para magbago. In Pangasinan, the government and its people have spoken, you have chosen care, you have chosen to act responsibly.” he added. 

        Sectoral leaders as well as the participants expressed their pledge of commitment through a covenant signing of the “Pangako ng Pagkakaisa Para sa Kalikasan”. The summit ended with the identification of projects/activities of groups or individuals as part of their commitment to action. (Felisandelle C. De Vera, RPAO)