ZC reaffirms advocacy on anti-global warming PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 March 2013 18:51

Zamboanga City last night reaffirmed its support to Earth Hour, a worldwide movement to reduce the impact of global warming.

Spearheaded by the City Government, the observance of Earth Hour, simultaneous in all countries in the globe, was marked by the ceremonial switch-off of lights at 8:30pm. The switch-off however, followed the blackout schedule imposed by the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative due to power curtailment.

Mayor Celso Lobregat issued Executive Order 499-2013 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.

The city is joining the observance for the 6th straight year. Earth hour is spearheaded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) in collaboration with the Green Army and the SWITCH Movement.

At exactly 8:30 last night, cities and towns across the world turned off lights for an hour to send a powerful message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

The activity last night held at the Zamcelco multi-purpose covered court in Putik, started with the welcome message from Zamcelco acting manager Sherwin Mañada followed by the countdown led by Mayor Lobregat.

Rev. Fr. Adriano Ruiz Jr., Hadji Amilpasa Bandaying and Pastor Edwin Siva Jr. led the ecumenical prayer. Marilyn Francisco of PENRO-DENR-9 led the signing of “One Little Candle” while OCENR staff took charge of entertainment numbers until 9:30pm when power was restored.

The program was capped by a message from Mayor Lobregat and the signing of the pledge of commitment led by the mayor and followed by the participants. Zamcelco Board of Director Vic Liozo Jr. was the master of ceremony. — Sheila Covarrubias