Pangasinan to mark Earth Day on April 22

By: April M. Montes
DAGUPAN CITY – The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) will hold exhibits, clean-up drives and mangrove planting to mark Earth Day on April 22.
PENRO Chief Leduina Co said the activities will remind people to be conscious in protecting and conserving the environment so it can be enjoyed by the future generation.
She said Earth Day will also be showcased as part of this year’s celebration of Pistay Dayat (Sea Festival) and the Bangus Festival in Dagupan City to inculcate environmental protection among locals and tourists.
Previously, the provincial government deferred fireworks display during the entire duration of the Pistay Dayat celebration as its contribution in protecting Mother Earth.
The provincial government also enforced an ordinance banning the use of plastics and styrofoam on food products during the festivity.
President Corazon Aquino issued on April 16, 1990 Proclamation No. 553 making Earth Day officially celebrated in the Philippines every April 22.
Earth Day is considered the single biggest environmental celebration in the world participated in by more than 150 countries, including the Philippines, and over a billion people worldwide.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Earth Day Everyday, Everywhere, for Everyone.” (MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

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