LIVING up to his tag as an environmentalist, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Mariano V. Marcos II has urged fellow board members to become models in observing the implementation of the newly approved Environment Code of Ilocos Norte, firstly by asking the secretariat to refrain from buying snacks from commercial establishments that do not conform with the implementing rules and regulations of the environment code.
As a means of promoting the strict observance and implementation of the code, Marcos said the SP, which was responsible in passing the said ordinance, should lead the way in safeguarding the environment and one simple step would be the use of eco-friendly materials in accordance with the solid waste management program of the government.
While encouraging the board to “walk the talk” in implementing the environment code, Marcos said that it would be proper for them to initiate actions for the protection of the environment so that they may entice the public to follow suit.
“It might sound funny but we have to set the example already. I suggest that we refrain from ordering [from] non-environment friendly food establishments,” said Marcos, in an apparent reference to commercial establishments that use plastic packaging and other form of non-biodegradable materials.
Earlier, the members of the provincial board decided to elevate the environment committee as a major committee to show their concern about protecting the environment by all means possible.
The Ilocos Norte Environment Code covers areas of the environments and issues in uses and management of land resources, water resources, air and noise pollution, environmental impact assessment and solid waste management system in a bid to promote the principle of ecologically sustainable development; to raise public awareness and active participation of all sectors and stakeholders in the building of an ecologically balanced and sustainable community; to establish the framework of a local government-driven inter-agency and multi-sectoral system of environment management; and to inform the citizenry on the environment and natural resources management policies and programs of the provincial government.
Leilanie G. Adriano