Celso calls for commitment to Earth Hour 2012 on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 March 2012 15:32

Mayor Celso Lobregat has called on all sectors to support and commit to the observance of Earth Hour, a 60-minute global action to mitigate the effects of global warming, tomorrow, Saturday, March 31.

This, as the mayor, together with other sectors the other day finalized plans for the observance of Earth Hour in Zamboanga City in line with the call for support to the campaign by the Department of Energy (DOE) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement.

The observance of Earth Hour in Zamboanga be at 8:30 Saturday night following a short program at the Paseo del Mar. The highlight of the event will be the flying of sky lanterns by different agencies and sectors. The shut power shutdown will be simultaneous on all cities and towns across the world.
Lobregat on Monday 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.

Zamboanga City, it is recalled, was badly affected by global warming on November 27, 2007 when for the first time storm surges battered the coastal barangays, causing devastation on properties and people.

Executive Order No. CL 445-2012, issued March 26 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.

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.

The chief executive also ensured 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. — Sheila Covarrubias