The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 kicked off the observance of World Environment Day 2018 on June 5, 2018, with a Zumba dance at the regional office, a short opening program, and an office cleanup.
Simultaneous with the opening program is the putting up of an environmental photo exhibit at the 2nd Floor, North Wing of SM City Iloilo.
“We will avoid using plastic bottles. If only all plastics are recovered, or if only local government units, national government agencies, and even the president himself, would issue a decree or law to ban the use of plastics, our lives would be more beautiful,” said DENR Regional Director Jim O Sampulna during the opening program held at the regional office in the Port Area.
In highlighting the impact of using plastic bottles, Sampulna noted that a plastic water bottle has carcinogenic content that gets released when one fills it with hot water.
“Be very careful in using a plastic bottle for it can cause you harm,” he warned the employees.
Other activities for the Environment Month celebration are: Coral Triangle Day on June 9, 2018 in Boracay Island; Radio Guestings on June 10, 17 and 24; Experimental Expedition in Aningalan, San Remegio on June 14–15; Green Film Festival in partnership with SM City Iloilo on June 19; Greenducation Seminar Workshop on June 22; Arbor Day aims to plant one million trees in cooperation with the provincial government of Capiz on June 25; Bloodletting Activity on June 26 at the DENR regional office; Spoken Poetry on June 27; Volleyball Competition on June 28; and Culmination on June 29 where DENR will recognize all environmental partners in the implementation of our programs and projects.
This year’s World Environment Day is themed “Beat Plastic Pollution,” a call for action to minimize, reuse or all together stop the use of single-use plastics such as straw, coffee stirrer, sachet products, grocery bags, etc. as the great volume of it ends up in our oceans, which pollutes the water and poses danger to marine plants and animals.
The movement to put a ban on single-use plastic and other plastic products has been growing as nations are waking up to the reality of the magnitude of plastic pollution. In the North Pacific Ocean, there is a “floating island” of plastic garbage known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which grows ever larger.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is urging the public to refrain from using single-use plastic items. “It is high time we refrain from using disposable plastic products that are used for minutes but persist in the environment forever,” Secretary Cimatu said.
Proclamation No. 237 declares the month of June as Environment Month in the Philippines and June 5 of every year is World Environment Day (WED). (DENR-6)