OPM artists to stage environment advocacy concert on April 28
admin • April 25, 2017 • 3751
MANILA — “Caring for the Environment”, this is the message the Earth Day Jam Foundation, Inc. wants to convey for the 17 years of conducting concerts alongside Earth Day celebrations.
For this year, the event will be held at Rizal Park on April 28.
Among the OPM artists who will participate are Abra, Kitchie Nadal, Gloc 9, Nina, Noel Cabangon and Lou Bonnevie.
Some of the country’s top bands will also be performing which includes Moonstar 88, Mayonnaise, Imago, Brown Man Revival, Chicosci, Gracenote, Rouge and many more.
The organization’s president, Lou Bonnevie said this is a good opportunity to promote their advocacy.
“100 percent effective because it’s universal language. Everyone understands music. That’s not a sermon… this earth day jam, we will gather many people for a message,” said Earth Day Jam Foundation president, Lou Bonnevie.
Before the concert, different activities will also be conducted including exhibits, art sessions and some workshops will be held that are in line with the program’s aims.
These are through the help of the foundation’s partner organizations led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Some government officials are also expected to attend including DENR secretary Gina Lopez.
Meanwhile, the event organizers have a reminder for everyone who will join the concert.
“We are holding a free concert, so we don’t have tickets for this. So we also ask everyone to be responsible for themselves. From our end, we asked the city government to help us, we asked the national parks to help us, but it’s a public place so you also have to be aware,” Bonnevie said. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue.
MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the planting of bamboo trees along the banks of Cagayan to help prevent a repeat of the floods that submerged parts of Cagayan and Isabela provinces during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
The DENR said Cimatu issued that directive following a meeting with the Build Back Better Task Force created by President Rodrigo Duterte to oversee the rehabilitation of areas devastated by recent typhoons.
Cimatu co-chairs the task force with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
Cimatu told the DENR regional offices in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and CALABARZON to ensure the availability of bamboo planting materials and to identify areas along the river channels that are most suitable for bamboo propagation under the government’s Enhanced National Greening Program.
The DENR chief said they picked bamboo as it is ideal for stabilizing riverbanks given its high survival rate.
“The survival rate of bamboo is much higher and it has a faster growth rate compared to other trees,” he said, adding that bamboos also have the potential to be “a sustainable source of livelihood for the people of Cagayan Valley while protecting the integrity of Cagayan River.”
In the same meeting, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona said the DENR’s move to plant bamboo trees offers an opportunity to look into the economic importance of bamboo.
Lantayona said the DTI has been producing engineered bamboo, but its facilities cannot operate at full capacity because there is currently a lack of bamboo supply.
“Cimatu’s push to mainstream engineered bamboo as a major alternative to timber will finally enable the full implementation of Executive Order (EO) 879,” she said.
Under EO 879, at least 25 percent of the annual requirement of school desks and chairs of all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide should be made of bamboo.
It also directs the DENR – through its Forest Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Laguna Lake Development Authority – to use bamboo as the planting material for at least 20 percent of its annual reforestation and rehabilitation areas.
“This should be done especially in provinces and towns which are engaged in or have the potential to engage in bamboo-based industries or where trees are difficult to grow because of poor site quality, susceptibility to erosion or adverse and steep gradients,” the DENR said.
“We will look into the old river and how the river became narrower through the years,” Cimatu said.
“We will restore the original width of the Marikina River,” he added.
At the same time, Cimatu said the DENR will look into the complaint of the Marikina City government over the alleged reclamation project along the river, which has not secured an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the environment department.
“Definitely, there should be no reclamation. I will really implement the easement law,” he said.
Cimatu said he has directed the DENR-National Capital Region office to look into the non-issuance of ECC, the reclamation, and the retaining wall built along the riverbanks.
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