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Biking event, mass kick off Environment Month celebration in Negros Oriental

DUMAGUETE CITY, May 31 — The provincial government of Negros Oriental, in partnership with the academe and other key sectors, is kicking off Wednesday’s World Environment Month celebration with a biking event around Dumaguete City.

The "Bike for the Environment" is part of a series of month-long activities targeted at raising public awareness of environmental issues and encouraging actual community participation in related initiatives. Biking enthusiasts, both individual and attached to groups will assemble at the Freedom Park at 6:30 Wednesday morning and will jointly cover strategic areas around Dumaguete, including the Rizal Boulevard, said Mark Raygan Garcia, Director of Information and Publications of Silliman University.

A mass will be officiated at the Freedom Park after the biking event. Government officials are expected to attend to formally announce the month-long province-wide celebration.

At the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) is also encouraging all schools to integrate into their opening prayers and announcements an environmental perspective. Schools have also been encouraged to announce activities lined up for the month and participate in those prepared for students, such as the on-the-spot poster and essay writing contest.

Symposia on coastal resource management and environmental laws enforcement and coastal clean-up and tree planting activities will rev up the celebration towards the end of the month. These will be undertaken by schools, government offices, and local government units.

Utilizing Facebook, the celebration is also gaining momentum through the group’s fan page, “Environment NegOr.” This Facebook page, which contains the schedule, will be used in showcasing environment-related initiatives of the partnering sectors as well as in enjoining the public in judging competitions for students.

Since last year, the Provincial Government, through the Environment and Natural Resources Division, partners on the conduct of the World Environment Month with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Asian College of Science and Technology, Colegio de Sta. Catalina de Alexandria, Foundation University, St. Paul University, Silliman University and Smart Communications. (PNA) DCT/LAM/jfp/PR

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