Laguna's 'Environment Code' now ready for implementation

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Laguna's 'Environment Code' now ready for implementation



          Representative of the Lone District of Las Piñas Marc Villar (2nd from left) beams as he receives from Laguna Provincial Administrator Atty. Dulce H. Rebana (center) printed background copy of the ‘Environment Code of the Province of Laguna’ or E-code, while Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director for Management, Forester Arturo E. Fadriquela (left), University of the Philippines Los Baños School of Environmental Science and Management (UPLB-SESAM) former DEAN, Dr. Leonardo Florece, (2nd from right) and ABS-CBN Foundation and bantay kalikasan Project Director Ms. Jen Santos (right) look on during rites launching the Code and capping the Environment Summit held at the Cultural Center of the Provincial Capitol in Sta. Cruz, laguna on November 27, 2015.


          Administrator Rebanal said that the Environment Code or E-Code took almost a decade to finalize. She said the provincial government of Laguna is grateful to the team of experts from the UPLB SESAM led by Dr. Florece for completing the task.


          Former SESAM Dean Florece, who helped prepare the E-Code explained that it "embodies the shared vision and the path towards the realization of the vision by all of the constituents of the province of Laguna for its vast natural resources including its mountains, arable lands, lakes and rivers, and its rich cultural heritage.


          The E-Code, he added, also ensures the sustainability of these environmental resources and cultural heritage and their resilience to socioeconomic, population and climatic pressures, as the basis for the continued growth and development of its people, through an integrated and holistic endeavor of harmonizing the array of environmental laws, consistent with the laws of nature and safeguards the natural resources and rich cultural heritage as the present generation’s responsibility and accountability to the next generation.


          Rebanal also explained, "One of the major programs of this administration (of Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez) is 'environmental protection' and recognized that to have a healthy and happy life is the need for a healthy environment."


          "The environment gets worse day by day, due to man's deeds, or our recklessness, which cause the destruction of the environment. We won't have a society if we destroy our environment," she said. "We are happy for your presence today in this significant event which is a strong indication of your desire to protect and save the environment," she added.


          Villar, chair of the House Trade and Industry Committee said he had measures instituted in Las Pinas for the use of the 'abundant water lily' which clogged waterways and caused flood but had provided livelihood for constituents who produce artistically handcrafted bags for export and for home sale.  


          Forester Fadriquela thanked the Las Pinas representative whom he has joined in some environmental activities with, including his mother Senator Cynthia Villar, during his stint as Regional Technical Director of DENR National Capital Region. The lady senator was a known advocate for maintaining the critical habitat and bird sanctuary in the Las Pinas and Paranaque coastal area of Manila Bay.


          Fadriquela, who represented DENR Calabarzon Regional Director Reynulfo Juan, expressed appreciation for the province's formulation of its environment code and stressed that efforts towards the protection and preservation of a better environment and the sustainable use of natural resources are common concerns of the Province of laguna and the DENR.


          He said the pressure on Laguna’s environment protection is of gargantuan proportions because of its proximity to the national capital and because of fast paced urban development. “The effective implementation of the environment code will spell the future of Laguna and it should muster the support of the populace,” he said.


          He added, "Ang environment code ay mabisang kalasag. Sana ay sama-sama nating ipaglaban ito. Ipatupad nang maayos at matuwid para na rin sa ating mga anak, apo at sa kinabukasan ng probinsyang Laguna."


          "The success of its (environment code) implementation is not only for the Laguneños but also for the entire Calabarzon Region, and the country," he stressed.