PGMA to visit Oroquieta City Friday

May 28, 2009 1:25 pm 

OROQUIETA CITY, May 28 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will visit this clean and green city on Friday (May 29) as part of her weekly schedule to check the compliance of local government units (LGUs) with the country’s solid waste management program, and promote greater awareness of the dangers posed by climate change – dubbed as the greatest environmental threat to the world today.

Among those who will welcome the President here are residents and local officials led by Misamis Occidental Gov. Leo Ocampos, 1st District Rep. Marina Clarete, 2nd District Rep. Herminia Ramiro and Oroquieta City Mayor George Almonte.

Expected to accompany the President during a briefing at the City Engineer’s Office in Barangay Lamac are Environment Secretary Jose Atienza and Climate Change Secretary Heherson Alvarez.

Known for its beautiful waters and bountiful fish and seafood, Misamis Occidental has emerged as one of the country’s top tourist destinations.

Layawan River in this city is a consistent recipient of the national environmental award, including the Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran in 2005 and 2006 as the Cleanest Inland Body of Water.

Another place that is also drawing tourists to this coastal province is Tangub City which comes alive especially during Christmas.

The President has been conducting her Friday briefings nationwide to drum up support and highlight the urgency of protecting the environment against global warming and climate change through such programs as recycling and waste segregation, composting and tree-planting, among others.

As the country’s climate change czar, the President is pushing strongly for the reduction of the estimated 300,000 tons of solid wastes that the country generates daily, polluting the atmosphere with 675 tons of methane, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide, the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. (PNA)

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