'Set examples of good environmental practices' - Paje

DENR Environmental Management Bureau Assistant Director Dr. Eva S. Ocfemia receives the Certificate of Appreciation for DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje from PIA Regional Director Atty. Ma. Janet C. Mesa and PCOO Secretary Sonny Coloma as one of the resource speakers during the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Advocacy Campaign Summit on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Director Ocfemia delivered the message in behalf of Secretary Paje.


DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje had urged the various stakeholders to participate for a significant boost towards a clean, safe and healthy environment in combating the most pressing environmental concern which is climate change.

In his message during the recently concluded Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Advocacy Campaign Summit delivered by DENR EMB Assistant Director Dr. Eva S. Ocfemia, Paje said “let us participate and set a good model in eco-friendly activities.”

The summit was participated by representatives from the different national government agencies and local government units, including the media, from the provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

“As our population grows, we continue to consume more, create more waste, and put more stresses on our natural resources and environment, thus, changes in our climatic conditions occur,” he said.

He added: “Preserving the environment and the health of the people through climate change mitigation and adaptation is more than just ensuring that our surroundings are free from smog and garbage piles.”

In meeting our needs, he said, we must ascertain not to compromise our natural wealth and the climatic conditions necessary to attain sustainable development. “We must be aware of what we are consuming producing and generating and the warp in which wastes are disposed of.”

“We can contribute small actions we take like separating recyclable materials from our household wastes and not burn them, using energy-efficient appliances and lighting system or carpooling when going to work or use non-motorized means of transportation…in short and long distance activities. These eco-friendly habits when collectively done will help reduce the amount of resources consumed and prevent pollutive gasses released in the environment,” Paje said.

“We have to set an example of good practices in what we are to do for the environment and the protection of the planet we live in,” Paje said. He also lauded the organizers of the activity for promoting public awareness and participation.

“All of us are here because…we all share a passion for raising awareness and action about the management of our environment. However, it is how well and effective the information dissemination process that counts, and the monitoring of what is disseminated is understood by the clients or the public we serve,” he concluded.

Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” B. Coloma was the keynote speaker of the event, while, Dr. Alicia L. Lustica, DENR RTD for Research, discussed the impacts of climate and DENR Regional Director Jim O Sampulna gave the opening remarks.


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