Bacolod City– An environment group urged the local and provincial government to present a clear Green Agenda in the next three years to ensure the protection of the environment and communities that are vulnerable to calamities.
In the Palupad-lupad Declaration of Green Alert Network-Negros Island Region released September 27, the group urged the government to protect and advance the right of the people to have healthy ecology.
There should also be improved coordination and partnerships for more efficient delivery of services for environmental protection and sustainable development, the group said.
The declaration was drafted during their Palupad-Lupad kite flying event at Bacolod’s New Government Center September 16 to 17.
It said that greed, corruption, malgovernance and monopoly brought remaining natural resources to its current state and put communities at risk to disaster events.
They also called on the government to resolve the root cause of disasters like irresponsible mining practices, illegal logging and dynamite fishing.
The statement condemned the operations of the Energy Development Corporation, Ship Recycling Project in Hinobaan and Coal-Fired power plant in the mountains and coastal areas of Negros without following laws and regulations.
To empower rural communities, the group called for creating community-managed tourism programs to “channel the economic benefits.”
Disaster readiness for fisherfolk and farmers should also be pushed by the government to mitigate the effects of calamities, it added.
Source: Manilla bulletin. 02 October 2017