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Hundreds join celebration of Earth Day in LPPCHEA

April 21, 2018

 

Close to 400 people representing different national and local government agencies, civil society organizations and volunteer groups joined the DENR National Capital Region as it celebrated Earth Day 2018 at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) on Saturday, 21 April 2018.

Heading the delegation of government officials who came to celebrate Earth Day 2018 in LPPCHEA is Sen. Cynthia A. Villar. She came with members and volunteers from Villar SIPAG Foundation. Other government offices that sent their representatives are the Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC); Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA). The city governments of Las Piñas and Parañaque were represented by their respective City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENROs).

The Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP), Greenpeace Philippines, Mother Earth Foundation, Eco Waste Coalition, HARIBON Foundation, Manila Bay Sunset Partnership Program, Inc., Barangay Holy Spirit Entrepreneurs, United Civilian Volunteers Organization, Polystyrene Packaging of the Philippines, and Communities Organized for Resource Allocation (CORA) represented the civil society sector.

Learning institutions were not to be left out either as students and instructors from the University of Sto. Tomas, San Beda University and Mapua University also joined.

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. meanwhile provided free drinking water to all participants.

The Earth Day celebrators were all met and welcomed to LPPCHEA by DENR National Capital Region OIC Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio Almira, Jr. and Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief Forester Aida E. Esguerra.

The half-day activity, meant to drumbeat public awareness on plastic pollution, started early morning with participants from the Las Piñas Cycling Federation and Masarap MABUHAY Advocacy Group arriving on their bikes in LPPCHEA carrying placards containing environmental messages.

The program was hosted by actress/environmental advocate who introduced guest speakers from Greenpeace Philippines and Mother Earth Foundation.

DENR National Capital Region also organized an exhibit that focused on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds in LPPCHEA, as well as products made from recycled plastics by environmental groups.

A mural painting and on-the-spot painting contest was also part of the day’s activities.

The program ended with a coastal cleanup and leaders of different groups pledging to contribute to efforts to stop plastic pollution.

Earth Day 2018 also happens to be the 11th founding anniversary of LPPCHEA, the first critical habitat declared in the country.