Pangasinan LGUs urged to establish ecological protected areas

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan — All local government units in Pangasinan have been urged to establish and maintain ecological protected areas in their respective areas in a move to help cushion the impact of climate change and global warming.

Governor Amado Espino III made the call saying that the establishment of eco-protected areas will enhance environmental protection

Espino said eco-protected areas will support the greening program of the provincial government and contribute largely to the over-all efforts for the preservation and conservation of natural resources as well as mitigate climate change.

“We are doing this for the sake of the future generations,” the governor stressed, as he cited the town of Laoac which is now developing a first of its kind ‘tree library’ where varieties of trees are grown and cultivated.

Espino spoke during the induction of officers of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) chapter headed by Mayor Silverio Alarcio Jr. who Espino inducted into office on Feb. 7 at the Capitol Resort Hotel.

Responding to the call of Governor Espino, Alarcio rallied all mayors of 44 towns and three component cities of Pangasinan to give their all-out support to all the environmental programs of the provincial government for the sake of future generations.

Mayor Alarcio said the tree library in his town contributes in the strengthening of the environmental sensitivities among Laoac residents.

Meanwhile, the Pangasinan Association of Water Districts, Inc. (PANAWAD) also committed to heed the call of Gov. Espino for environmental protection.

PANAWAD President Susan Sison of Villasis bared that the organization will lead in instilling awareness among households on the need to conserve water resources.

Ms. Sison asked the support of the provincial government for the conduct of a symposium to be led by PANAWAD in March to coincide with the celebration of World Water Day to encourage people’s support to environmental protection.