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Citywide environmental summit on January 6-7

ILOILO CITY, Dec. 29 – Various environment stakeholders from bottom to top in this southern city are expected to give inputs in the formulation of the three-year short term and 10-year long term plans as the city’s legislative executive framework.

This was announced by city councilor David Jamora as preparations are underway for the holding of the first Environmental Summit slated on January 6-7, 2011 to be attended by 129 selected participants at the Sarabia Manor Hotel here.

Jamora said city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is giving his full support to the summit that will call the participation of non-government organizations, barangay leaders, sectoral advocates and city political leaders to know the scopes of land, air and water that affect the city life.

Facilitators from Cebu and Bohol, particularly the Local Environmental Awareness Protection Philippines (LEAP) and the Foundation for Philippine Environment with facilitator Michael Cañares, will lead the conference aimed to start the environmental awareness of the city constituents.

City environmental and natural resources office head Engr. Noel Hechanova will deliver the State of the City Environment while disaster risk management by Kalayaan Constantino.

Jamora said in a scale of 10, only three to four in Iloilo City has environmental awareness.

“The people knew about the environment but nothing is being done about it. We have to start somewhere,” the city dad added. (PNA)

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