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Bulacan welcomes Environment Month with sustainable eco-programs
By: PPAO
Monday, 03 June 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS— The Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado has lined-up programs in the protection of environment and preservation of the province’s rich natural resources during the opening of the Environment Month celebration at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium Monday morning.

Alvarado said that this year’s celebration is anchored on the theme “Kalikasan at Kapaligiran ng Bulacan, Patuloy na Kalingain at Pangalagaan.”

The governor added that nature and environment are God’s gift and a proof of His love and blessing to everyone.

“Noon ang mga kailugan natin ay malinis, sagana sa biyaya at hindi polluted. Totoong we aspire to be progressive, at ‘pag sinabing progressive, it must be sustainable. Kailangang maranasan ito ng mga susunod na henerasyon, pero huwag nating hayaan na masakripisyo ang kapaligiran sa ngalan ng kaunlaran, kailangan balanse lang,” Alvarado said.

Alvarado reiterated that the love of environment should be alive in the hearts of everyone.

“Walang ibang magmamalasakit sa ating kalikasan at kapaligiran kung hindi tayo, at ito ay nagsisimula sa ating mga sarili at sa ating mga tahanan,” Alvarado added.

He said that among the programs lined up for the whole month celebration are training/seminar/workshop hinggil sa “Lean and Clean Manufacturing” in cooperation with University of British Columbia, University of Guelph-Canada, Bulacan State University and De La Salle University; tree planting to kick off in June 14 at Brgy. Bayabas, DRT that will be followed by a series of tree planting all-over the province and symposium on Local Performance Government Management System (LGPMS) for the preparation of Municipal/City Solid Waste Management Plan to be held at the Hiyas Convention come June 28.

“Sa mga nakalatag nating programa, bayanihan po ang ginawa natin diyan. Kinausap po natin ang mga malalaking kumpanya sa lalawigan kabilang na ang mga kumpanya ng semento na mag-abot ng tulong tulad po sa ating tree planting, makapagtatanim po tayo ng 5000 seedlings ng libre, wala po tayong gagastusin,” said Mr. Eugenio Payongayong, head of BENRO.

Meanwhile, Payongayong bared the revenues generated by the BENRO in the past eight months.

He said that from October 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, the BENRO has collected P81, 504, 203.65 with monthly average of 10.2 million pesos as compared to the P32, 827, 312.81 (with monthly average of 3.6 million pesos) from January 1- September 30, 2012 which came from the remittances from the local government units, collection from permits, CNCs and ECCs and penalties from violators.

Newly crowned Ms. Philippines Earth-EcoTourism Bernadette Mae Aguirre graced the celebration and pledged to be help in promoting environment programs of government. She mentioned the programs that she would help are the rehabilitation of the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando river; the protection of the watershed areas in the mountains of Sierra Madre and the Biak-na-Bato historical shrine. ###

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