Zambo joins Earth Hour on March 31 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:57

Zamboanga City reaffirms its commitment to the advocacy against global warming as it joins for the fifth straight year, the observance of Earth Hour, a 60-minute power shutdown on Sunday, March 31 at 8:30 pm.

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday issued an executive order expressing the city government’s support and commitment to the observance of the global event, which is a call to action for energy efficiency, conservation and to address climate change.

On Sunday, March 31, 2012 at exactly 8:30pm, cities and towns across the world will turn off lights for an hour to send a powerful message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

Zamboanga City has had its bad experience in global warming on November 27, 2007 when for the first time storm surges battered the coastal barangays, causing devastation on properties and people.

The Earth Hour activity is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement.

Executive Order No. CL 445-2012, issued yesterday during a meeting with stakeholders in City Hall, enumerates the following as the city’s participation in the observance of Earth Hour: turn off lights of all buildings in the city and the barangays on March 31 from 8:30 to 9:30PM to symbolize solidarity with the rest of the country and the world; turn of lights at major landmarks, buildings and street lights within the city’s jurisdiction, communicate the city’s support through the hanging of banners or streamers that express support for Earth Hour and display the same in highly visible locations; ensure the active mobilization, involvement and participation of the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Fire Department, Public Safety and other departments required to ensure the success of the program and guarantee the safety and security of the public; direct all city  officials to support Earth Hour as well as encourage citizens and business establishments through the city to participate and seek media support for the dissemination and public information.

Mayor Lobregat hopes that beyond March 31, all agencies and every individual will make a commitment to at least one city-wide major initiative related to energy efficiency, conservation and climate change.

He likewise enjoins all constituents and the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (ZAMCELCO) to support Earth Hour and to be involved as a symbol of solidarity with the rest of the country and the world on Sunday.

Prior to the power shut down at 8:30pm on Sunday, a short program will be held at the Paseo del Mar. — Sheila Covarrubias