Beng to EMB: Be strict, firm in environment protection PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:31

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday challenged the executives and regional directors of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) from all over the country to be strict and be firm in the implementation of all environmental protection laws, and to ensure that every citizen of the republic complies with them.

“We are crying and we are appealing to you as protectors of the environment. It is in your hands that all of these laws are strictly complied with. If we take shortcuts, we will suffer longer when environmental disaster strikes,” Mayor Climaco told the EMB officials, who are presently attending the EMB National Management Conference at the Grand Astoria Hotel.

She also urged the EMB officials to help the local government units in complying with the environmental standards, “because at the end of the day it will be our constituents who will suffer from the brunt of all these violations.”

“If we do not take it (environmental protection campaign) seriously, many will suffer. Capacitate and guide us (LGUs) towards strict compliance with all of the environmental standards,” the city’s lady chief executive told officials of EMB, an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

She cited the series of environmental disasters like floods and landslides that she had responded to recently in the city, including the rescue of alleged trafficked fisher folks from Bohol.

Climaco further told the visiting EMB officials that her administration envisions a disaster-ready community that shall be able to respond to natural calamities and secure lives of its people, even as she pointed out that human security is paramount and intertwined with the pursuit of sustainable development.

“It is our shared mission to restore, protect, and enhance environmental quality towards good public health, environmental integrity and economic viability,” the mayor stressed, citing the recent approval of the Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, which provides a framework that is integral for policy direction and a strategic context for projects, programs and actions on social protection, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Present during the opening of the three-day EMB National Management Conference were DENR Assistant Secretary for Administration and Finance Corazon Davis, EMB Director Juan Miguel, EMB Asst. Director Eva Ofemia, DENR Regional Executive Director Arliegh Adorable and EMB-9 Regional Director Sixto Tolentino Jr., who incidentally marked his 65th birthday yesterday. – Vic Larato