Continue to make every hour Earth Hour — Celso PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 April 2012 14:15

Overwhelmed by the great number of people who turned up for the observance of Earth Hour Saturday night at the Paseo del Mar, Mayor Celso Lobregat said the active support and participation of everyone concerned will help the global campaign meet its objectives.

“I would like to thank and congratulate all stakeholders who are actively participating in this event.  Any event of this kind would never meet its objectives without the support and participation of every one concern.  To all of you thank you very much for your contributions”, the mayor declared in his message, a minute before power at the Rio Hondo feeder was shut off plunging Paseo del Mar and all areas under it into darkness Saturday night.

Earth Hour 2012, which originated in Sydney, Australia in 2008, was observed by millions of people worldwide Saturday night by shutting off lights for
one hour to raise awareness about global warming.

The mayor hoped that every individual will be reminded to always make the conscious decision to contribute to the efforts to reverse climate change and help save the planet from further deterioration.

“In and by itself, our city’s contribution is too tiny and trivial to make any significant and immediate result.  However, if we look at it in conjunction with those of other towns, cities, and countries all over the world, we are already doing so much.  Let us all continue to make every hour EARTH HOUR!”, the mayor emphasized.

He surmised that many have been wondering about the significance of the observance of Earth Hour especially in the face of the power crisis that Zamboanga and the other areas in Mindanao are experiencing.

He said he understands the disappointment of many Mindanaoans but prayed for understanding that “despite our own problems, we also have responsibilities as part of the global community”. “Therefore, we must support all efforts to rehabilitate the Earth and reverse the effects of global warming. We are not isolated from the rest of the world. We share in the planet’s problems and must contribute to the solution. We cannot just complain or criticize but offer no resolution.”

He stressed that with the drastic changes in weather patterns whereby some parts of the world are drowning in water while other areas are getting low to zero water supply manifesting the deteriorating condition of the planet. “This erratic water supply contributed to the present power crisis in the whole Mindanao island.”

Mayor Lobregat emphasized that is about time for all sectors to act and “do our share in restoring Earth to its former state, hence our participation in this global call for action”, as he assured that something is also being done to help resolve the power crisis and what is needed is the cooperation and support of all stakeholders.

Throngs of people, representing all sectors—the academe, military, police, urban poor, business groups, youth, senior citizens, professionals and private and government workers and the different national and local government agencies trooped to Paseo del Mar as early as 6pm to take part in the observance of Earth Hour and to celebrate their commitment to the effort to preserve and protect the environment.

The main highlight of the program was the candle lighting and the releasing of lighted sky lanterns by different sectors and agencies. Various entertainment numbers, contributed by the Brent College, Inc. and the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College and the Zamboanga City State College of Marine Sciences and Technology added spice to the ceremony observing Earth Hour.

While the Rio Hondo feeder was shut down from 8:30 to 9:30pm Saturday night, power shut down in other feeders followed the curtailment schedule imposed by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative.

Aside from Mayor Lobregat, other officials present were Councilors Percival Ramos, VP Elago, Myra Paz Abubakar and Rodolfo Bayot;  City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Buenaventura Pascual, City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin de Ocampo, ZCSCMST President Dr. Milavel Nazario, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas manager Melodino Patino, Tourism Regional Directoro Maryjune Bugante, City Schools Superintendent OIC Pedro Melchor Natividad, city department heads, other regional directors among others.

The activity was organized by the city government through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office.

The event capped with the mass signing of the pledge of commitment. — Sheila Covarrubias