Lobregat calls for commitment for Earth Hour 2011 on Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:58

Global warming is now the greatest threat besetting the world, where among others, man’s continued reliance on electricity sourced from coal-fired power stations is causing dramatic increase in the earth’s temperature.

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.

On Saturday, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. cities and towns across the world will once again turn off their lights for an hour in observance of  Earth Hour, which hopes to send a powerful message that it is possible to take action on global warming.

Thus, Mayor Celso Lobregat has issued an executive order expressing the city government’s full support and commitment to this year’s Earth Hour Philippines, a pro-active advocacy spearheaded by the Department of Energy and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

In his Executive Order No. 394-2011 issued last March 21, Lobregat directed the Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) to shutdown power supply for one hour on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and for all constituents in the city to turn off simultaneously the lights of their homes and buildings and in the barangays on March 26 at 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to symbolize solidarity of the city with the rest of the country and the world.

He has also directed offices concerned to turn off the lights at major landmarks, buildings and streetlights within the city’s direction, communicate the support thru hanging of banners or streamers that express support for Earth Hour and display the same in highly visible locations.

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.

At the same time, he has directed all city officials to support the Earth Hour as well as encourage citizens and business establishments throughout the city to participate and get involved.

After March 26, Lobregat hoped, people would make a commitment to at least one city-wide major initiative related to energy efficiency, conservation and climate change.
A program will be held at the Zamcelco gym in putik. — Vic Larato