This year’s Earth Day celebration, held last April 22, 2013 at the Quezon Memorial Circle, was graced by a number of guests from the Quezon City Government, headed by Mayor Herbert Bautista, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte and other QC government officials, national government agencies, event partners and sponsors.
UNITED FOR MOTHER EARTH.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte join representatives of national government agencies, non-government organizations,
civil society and religious groups in a show of unity for environmental protection during the celebration of Earth Day that was hosted by Quezon City at the
Quezon Memorial Circle. In his speech, the mayor reiterated that Quezon City will continue to remain at the forefront of advancing environmental
consciousness while sharing some of the city's best practices in environmental management not only locally, but also internationally. (PAISO)
2013’s Earth Day event revolves around the theme “Ecogovernance”, which was extracted from the root words Ecology and Governance; with the intention of creating an impact on today’s societal judgment towards our ecosystem, and increasing environmental awareness throughout the Philippines.
Earth Day is an annual worldwide event that the Philippines takes part in, for the divine purpose of showing concern for the environment. Each year, a city is chosen to uphold the influential exposure Earth Day has to offer, in order to showcase the established change that has prospered throughout the elapsed year. Not only is it considered to be a huge honor to be selected as host for Earth Day this year, but it is also privileging for Quezon City to be highlighted as one of the most ecologically-governed cities in the Philippines.
In addition to the resoluteness of the main event were some booths and Communal Food Sharing, Hourly Religious Rituals/Chanting for the healing of the Earth, Cultural Shows, Advocacy and Musical Presentations, and many more. These were all taken into account as esteeming the appreciation and value we generally impart to the lessons we carry out, in honor of our Earth.
EARTH DAY DANCE
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista displays his dancing prowess as he joins the "Sayaw ng Sambayanan" during the celebration of Earth Day at the Quezon Memorial Circle on Monday. (PAISO)
Mayor Herbert Bautista expressed his gratitude to city residents and enumerated what our beloved city has accomplished, environmentally, and what there is to expect in the coming years, both with regards to the recognition as the city with the most number of enacted ordinances on solid waste management. And for also being the first city in Metro Manila to have a 10-year solid waste management plan, approved by the National Solid Waste Management Commission.
“Being endowed with the most extensive expanse of open spaces and greenery in Metro Manila, which takes up about 1/5 of the total land area of the city, we maintained our role as the greenland of the metropolis, as a co-equal complement of our economic development strategies. We are proud to say that we have embraced the very essence of sustainable development.”
A multitude of people have been informed about the elements and details of Earth Day and its corresponding entities. Exposure to this event gave them a sense of understanding to that of which not that many have the means of acquiring.
The DENR representative gave a speech about the contribution the Philippines has provided to our Mother Earth. He said that being a key player in helping out the environment, especially with our correlated oceans, it is important that people should know the best way to protect and conserve resource is to put value to it.
"Once people are more environmentally conscious, they become more environmentally responsible; leading to following local government ordinances" and "It is an overwhelming experience, both personally and as a government employee. It creates awareness throughout not only," as said by some Quezon City Hall employees.
Right after the Earth Day celebration, the inauguration of the Refuse Derived Fuel Facility Project was held at the Quezon City Sanitary Landfill in Payatas, and piloted by Mundo Verde Corporation, a joint venture of Lafarge Industrial Ecology International, Pennies & Pound Holdings, Inc. and Quezon City's Contractor on Solid Waste Disposal – IPM Environmental Services Inc.
The operation of the fuel-turning machine was demonstrated to the audience that attended the inauguration. There were also foreign representatives underlining the international partnership between the Philippines, USA, and France. With the symbollic ribbon-cutting ceremony, this project was thus launched as a newfangled sustenance to development.
Not only does the Refused Derived Fuel Facility Project terminate unnecessary pollution; but it also embarks in great and honorable courses of environmental initiatives.
Although we may have gone through some setbacks like the unpredictable weather brought about by climate change over the past years due to pollution, we still have the chance of regaining the unpolluted state we once had by simply reconditioning our daily conservational habits.
This celebration was to initiate the city's representation to help make the world a better place to live in. Step by step, little by little, each of us can make a change. Each small change can create a big leap towards a better and harmonious environment.
( IJJT )