NO less than Rowen Soto, chairman of the board of the Green Tags Environmental Guardians (GTEG), a Philippines-based international group, has lauded Gov. Lilia G. Pineda for her environmental work.
Elated by the success of the GTEG-organized tree-planting activity in Mt. Arayat last October 10, Soto said: “The Global Tree Planting Project done in Mt. Arayat was a very successful endeavor. This was realized thru the kind efforts of Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda…and supporters and volunteers of Gov. Pineda.”
The project succeeded in planting 10,000 trees in Pampanga’s scenic, historical and legend-bound mountain.
He also gave credit, of course, to “the ENRO people, the CENRO, the Department of Agriculture, the PAC President, the 703 Infantry Batallion headed By Col. Catapang, the Magalang PNP, the madapdap High School Students, the Holy Angel University Students, the Mabalacat Bikers Association, the Madapdap Joggers Association, and All GTEG MEMBERS who in one way or the other made this event a success and realized to plant 10,000 Trees. KUDOS AT MABUHAY PO KAYO!”
GTEG is self-described as “a group of people determined to be the watchdog of environmental issues, to inform and educate the public on issues affecting our planet, to persuade our lawmakers to take actions to mitigate the further destruction of our planet, to protect affected stakeholders and to be a protector of country’s national interest.”
Waste management initiative
Last year, when President Benigno Aquino 3rd was already in office, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) praised “the serious concern and prompt action of Governor Lilia “Nanay Baby” in resolving the gargantuan waste management problem of the province.”
Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio of the EMB expressed her bureau’s appreciation of the “the initiative of the governor to end the province’s alarming garbage dilemma” by making arrangements and providing the budget for the province’s waste to be transported to the Metro Clark Landfill inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
Claudio said the DENR EMB people were very pleased with Governor Pineda for taking the lead role in curbing the waste problem and proliferation of open dump sites, particularly at the Megadike and other idle areas in the province.
She added that most of the time, the Pampanga River and other major tributaries are being abused and used as garbage dumps. But now, she stressed the DENR-EMB is highly optimistic that this would be put to an end with the political will and enthusiasm showed by the local government officials led by Pineda.
With the lead role being played by the governor and through her partnership with the national agencies, Claudio said she sees Pampanga’s garbage problem being solved once and for all during the years of the Pineda administration.
The governor has convened elected officials from the barangays, municipality to the provincial levels to discuss and stress the roles and responsibilities of local government units in the implementing of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act as stipulated in Republic Act 9003.