PGMA to return home via Davao for Zero Basura Caravan

July 16, 2009 9:23 am 

DAVAO CITY, July 16 — Straight from her attendance in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Leaders Summit in Egypt, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will fly in to this city tomorrow (Friday, July 17) on her return home for the Zero Basura Caravan at the Waterfront Insular hotel here.

Some 175 mayors and other officials from Regions 11, 12, and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are attending the caravan that seeks the active participation of local government units (LGUs) in the country’s anti-climate change program.

It will be the first official local engagement of the President after representing Asia in the NAM Summit, where she was widely applauded for her speech.

The President will be given a briefing on the output of the nationwide caravan, which started last April that boosted LGU participation in establishing materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and other anti-climate change programs, such as turning open dumpsites into ecological parks.

Zero Basura is a sequenced intensive, information, education campaign nationwide to cascade key environmental programs and strengthening LGU-government partnership under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

The President is also expected to hold a regional media interview at the Waterfront Insular Hotel. (PNA)

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