Zambo reaffirms commitment in fight against global warming Print
Monday, 28 March 2011 15:57

Mayor Celso Lobregat Saturday night led multi-sectoral groups in the city in the ceremonial signing of the declaration of commitment to Earth Hour, reaffirming support to all measures intended to mitigate global warming.

The signing ceremony capped the observance of Earth Hour, an hour long power shut off of all facilities, residences and business establishments which was done simultaneously with all other cities and countries in the world.

Earth Hour is a worldwide campaign aimed to send the strong message of support to reduce the impact of global warming. Zamboanga City has been joining in the celebration since 3 years ago as part of its commitment to environmental protection and conservation.

Mayor Lobregat said energy conservation should not only be practiced during Earth Hour but every day of the year. When he came in as mayor in 2004, the City Government mmediately advocated for the alternate system of switching on of street lights, the shutting of air condition units at 4pm instead of 5 in all city government offices and several others energy saving measures.

“But actually it is not only through the conservation of energy, but also the conservation of water, planting of trees, we have undertaking tree planting activities not only in the highways, in Abong-abong but also in the mangrove areas”, the mayor stressed in an interview with media men after the ceremony marking Earth Hour at the Zamcelco muli-purpose covered court in Putik.

He said the move to help conserve energy and ultimately to reduce the effects of global warming is not only the responsibility of those in government but also those in the private sector and all residents.

“It takes everybody to contribute to this effort. Every day, each one of us can do our share and if you sum up all this, will truly make an impact in our anti-global warming efforts”.

Zamboanga City, it is recalled, led the way in finding ways how to adapt to climate change when it spearheaded the conduct of the global warming summit last May 27, 2008 and the conduct of the multi-stakeholders’ forum on climate change adaptation last February 5, 2010.

Other than advocacies, the city government also initiates other measures such as the continuous reforestation programs,  inter-agency coordination, clean up drives and other measures.

Participants in the observance of Earth Hour and the signing of the declaration included representatives from the religious, government, non-government, Muslim, business, academe, professional, urban poor, utility, private groups, and other sectors.

Mayor Lobregat has issued Executive Order No. 394-2011 issued last March 21, expressing the city government’s full support and commitment to this year’s Earth Hour Philippines, a pro-active advocacy spearheaded by the Department of Energy and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

In his directive, the mayor directed the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to shutdown power supply for one hour March 26 at 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and for all constituents in the city to turn off simultaneously the lights of their homes and buildings and in the barangays to 9:30 p.m. to symbolize solidarity of the city with the rest of the country and the world. — Sheila Covarrubias