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Taguig City to join Earth Day celeb
posted 29-Mar-2012  ·  
Heeding the call to save Mother Earth, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano expressed full support to the upcoming Earth Day celebration on Saturday, March 31.

Mayor Cayetano underscored the importance of caring for our planet Earth, even in our small, individual ways.

“Caring for the environment—as seen in tasks like garbage segregation and avoiding the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam—should be a daily facet of our lives,” Cayetano stressed.

Under a memorandum issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), this year’s celebration, dubbed “Earth Day Every Day, Everywhere!” will center on the possible solutions to climate change and its adverse effects to the environment.

“Earth Hour” considered the highlight of the Earth Day Celebration—involves the simultaneous switching off of lights all over the world between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on March 31.

Cayetano said that participating in the activity signifies one’s support for environmental protection, as well as the campaign to solve or at least mitigate the ill effects of climate change to the environment.

She also pointed the fact that the Philippines holds the record for the best participation among nations that joined last year’s Earth Hour, wherein over 15 million Filipinos scattered in 1,076 municipalities and cities simultaneously turned off their lights at home.

Because of this, the local chief executive said not only the Taguigeños, but every Filipino should to take part in the lights out event to declare to the whole world that Filipinos are in the forefront of efforts to care for the environment and the fight against climate change.

However, Cayetano stressed that the campaign for environmental protection should neither be a once-a-year affair nor confined to the simple task of turning off lights.

Meanwhile, City Information Office chief Atty. Darwin B. Icay noted the city government’s campaign against climate change through various green programs, including tree planting, river clean-up, waste segregation, and similar other activities in the city. (TAGUIG-PIO/RJB/JEG-PIA-NCR)
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