WITH its decision to partner with other stakeholders, the government has shown anew its determination to protect and conserve the country’s environment and natural resources (ENR).
Admittedly, the continued destruction of the ENR is acknowledged to be one of the major worries of environmentalists and the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, a retired army general, welcomed the agency’s new partners in the fight to save the ENR from further destruction brought about by the culture of indifference.
The new partners are the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Dumpay Christian Church and the ENR Vloggers, headed by Rogelio S. Villa Jr., Pastor Bronson Romero and Junriel Llander, respectively.
Noting the destructive effects of climate change, the former chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said this is the best time to unite, adding “it is never too late to join hands to save our planet.”
Under the accord, the new partners are mandated to promote government programs aligned with the protection, conservation and management of the country’s environment and natural resources.
Through the agreement, the partners hope to inspire and popularize the society-wide behavioral changers “we need to rehabilitate and re-invigorate our environment,” said DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.
Antiporda, a former working newspaperman, said that in the campaign to protect the environment, “coordination and cooperation are no longer only optional but indispensable.”
“Together, let us all deliver in our commitment to continue caring for Mother Earth to make her sustainably and productively healthy,” according to the DENR undersecretary.
The government, through the DENR, deserves the support of all sectors of Philippine society for looking for other effective ways to protect and conserve our ENR.