Tayo Ang Kalikasan Movement: Eyed to END environmental abuse

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Tayo Ang Kalikasan Movement: Eyed to END environmental abuse

Laoag, Ilocos Norte – The launching of the Tayo Ang Kalikasan was on a festive mood as 1,500 various stakeholders of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed their support to the agency’s information branding and social mobilization campaign.

In his Keynote Message, Sec. Roy A. Cimatu sounded quite disappointed on how the culture and attitude of the people towards treating the environment had awfully changed.  “Look at what is happening in Metro Manila, people nowadays throw their garbage in our rivers which I’m sure is not their usual practice when they were still in their provinces.” The former AFP Chief also underscored the improper utilization of the environment where he cited as an example the status of Boracay which is now brought to a closure due to the negligence of people and the slack enforcement of policies and regulations.

Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan however, expressed his gratitude to the turn out of the event as he articulated that this is a convergence of great minds and efforts in order to solve the problem of mankind in our own little ways.

On a similar tone, John Michael Fariñas the City Administrator of Laoag City who represented City Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, indicated that the efforts of the government in Boracay is a wake-up call to everyone, that we (Tayo) should start veering from the old notion and should act in one spirit towards working in the protection of our environment.

In like manner, Ilocos Norte Board Member Mariano “Nonong” Marcos II, expressed his confidence in the leadership of Sec. 

Cimatu in accelerating the efforts in preserving and protecting the environment.  Stating that the leadership networks of the DENR will shape the country’s roadmap towards inculcating “care for the environment” in the hearts of every Filipino, instead of just making them aware of the need to protect the environment.

As the brainchild of the Tayo Ang Kalikasan Movement, Chief of Staff, USec. Rodolfo Garcia, illustrated that TAK is “Forging partnerships. Building a movement.”  That the way to do it is, “Sama-samang Pagkilos.  Ikaw, Ako, Tayo, Tayo Ang Kalikasan.”

Highlights of the event include: Awarding of Financial Assistance to CBFM POs in Region 1 and the Distribution of Land Titles to residential and special patentees, signing of the pledge of commitment and the press briefing with Chief of Staff Usec. Rodolfo Garcia, DENR Spokesperson Usec. Jonas Leones and Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan.

DENR Officialdom was in full force, with the Under Secretaries Atty. Ernesto Adobo, Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, Atty. Jonas Leones, USec. Joselin Marcus Fragada Jr., Assistant Secretary Bresilda M. Gervacio, Assistant Secretary Nonita Caguioa, RD Gil Aromin of Region 2, RD Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. of Region 3, RD Ralph Pablo of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and RD Jacqueline Caancaan of National Capital Region (NCR).

The launching was participated in by IPs, academe, LGUs, patent awardees and People’s Organizations of the Community-Based Forest Management from Regions 1,2,3 CAR and NCR who brought in their products for the exhibit. 

TAK was anchored on the Program for Environment and Natural Resource for Reforestation, Rehabilitation, and Development (PRRD) of the Duterte Administration.