8.18.2012

PIA News Service - Saturday, August 18, 2012

DENR-EMB Caraga to spearhead activities in support of R. A. 9512

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug 18 (PIA) -- Member-agencies of the Environmental Education Committee, led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Caraga, planned activities for the coming months in support of Republic Act No. 9512 or the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008.

The committee had been reconstituted to ensure continuing integration and implementation of environmental awareness and education programs in all levels of school curricula and capacity-building programs.

As stipulated in the act, the committee in the regional level is chaired by the regional executive director of DENR while co-chaired by the regional director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

EMB-Caraga officer-in-charge Engr. Ester Olavides said the committee will be spearheading the Regional Ecological Solid Waste Management Summit on September 12 with invited speakers to talk on environmental issues and concerns and other related topics.

“In this Regional Summit, not only the local government units in the region are invited but also the government agencies, academe, and other sectors, since this is everybody’s concern,” Olavides said.

Along with the summit is the memorandum of agreement between the Materials Recovery Facility with the junk shops and commercial establishments.

Also, September is a Coastal Clean-up Month - on September 21, the DENR and EMB will be conducting a coastal cleanup activity at the coastal areas in Magallanes, Agusan del Norte.

The activity is also in time with the observance of the International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 22.

Several government agencies have already expressed their commitment to support and participate in all the activities set by the committee. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)