Taking part in the observance of the World Wildlife Day Celebration with the theme “Listen to the Young Voices #DoOneThingToday to help protect the world’s wildlife”, the Catanduanes Sustainable Ecosystems Development, Inc. (ECODEV), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO), Catanduanes in cooperation with the Provincial Government spearheaded a short program held at the provincial capitol lobby on March 3 for the event’s kick off prior to their culminating activity this week.
In line with the occasion’s theme, youth from different schools attended the said short program with their young voices represented by Dennis Sarmiento, Grade 6 pupil of JMAMES, John Allen Evangelista, Grade 11 of CC and Jheng Zuniega from Obi, Caramoran and a 3rd year Public Administration student of CSU who conveyed their messages in protecting and preserving the wildlife.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, PENR Officer Joaquin Ed A. Guerrero stressed the giving of importance and attention to the wildlife especially here in Catanduanes, corresponding to his announcement of the recently discovered several species of butterfly that can only be found in the province.
He said that animals living in the wilds are not to be caught and if you notice any activities endangering the wildlife it should be reported to proper agencies. In addition, he also mentioned the projects of DENR that aims to conserve and protect the wildlife such as training of volunteers in barangays for raising awareness.
In his message delivered by Provincial Administrator Lemuel Surtida, Governor Joseph Cua said that among the millions of species of animals and plants, hundreds of these are close to extinction due to reckless acts committed by humans.
“We celebrate the World Wildlife Day to raise awareness of the conservation of wildlife – both flora and fauna…This also serves as a call for commitment by everyone to prevent crimes against our planet’s biodiversity, because its unprecedented deterioration is largely caused by irresponsible human actions” he remarked.
Moreover, he stressed to inspire and still to the young people the responsibility to take action for the future of both charismatic and less known species of animals and plants.
The agencies which headed the conduct of the said event, also opened a photo exhibit displaying the beautiful wildlife in the province, sponsored a slogan contest for young people ages 10 to 24 with prizes at stake and organized a walk for wildlife scheduled on March 10 to be held at Virac and to be participated by the EcoDev, DENR, Provincial ENRO, LGU Virac, DA-BFAR, PIA, Radyo ng Bayan, Philippine Army, PNP, Mountaineering groups, Environmental Enthusiasts, BantayGubat of Hicming, Timbaan, Summit and Obi, Bantaydagat, and Elementary School Pupils, Junior and Senior High Students and college sutdents.
The 2017 UN World Wildlife Day pursues to engage the youth in the appreciation and protection of the wildlife and its various and diverse forms of flora and fauna.(Gidoemaly T. Romero/IU)