In celebration of National Clean-Up Month this September, Villar renews call for a healthy environment

In celebration of National Clean-Up Month this September, Villar renews call for a healthy environment

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Cynthia A. Villar renewed her pitch for a clean and
green environment as she joined the nation in observance of the
National Clean-Up Month this September by virtue of Proclamation No.
244.

The World Clean and Green Week is also observed from September 17 to
23 every year.

The events encourage all communities to clean up and conserve the
environment as the country’s contribution to the worldwide
environmental preservation efforts.

Prior to the pandemic, Villar, chairperson of the Committee on
Environment and Natural Resources has been leading series of clean-up
activities and mangrove planting in different parts of the National
Capital Region.

“We would like to, again and again, instill in the minds of the public
awareness on the importance of having a clean and green environment
in our lives, especially now that we are facing a global health
crisis” said Villar.

“The children of our children and our great, great-grandchildren would
definitely reap the gains of our initiatives in working for s healthy
environment and preserving them,” also added Villar.

Aside from mangrove planting, the senator has also been pushing for
urban gardening and repeatedly calling on the public to grow their own
foods even in small patches of land and empty containers.

Furthermore, the senator has been actively participating in programs
to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay, touted as having the best sunset
in the world.

More than a decade after the Supreme Court issued a mandamus
compelling government agencies and local government units to clean up
and rehabilitate Manila Bay, Villar admitted “we still have a long way
to go before we restore the bay to its pristine condition.”

She continues to be at the forefront of the fight against Manila Bay
reclamation in order to preserve the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park,
a 175-hectare critical area situated south of Manila Bay, is a Wetland
of International Importance that was accorded protection against the
threat of reclamation through the Villar-authored Republic Act 11038
or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS)
Act.

The senator pushes to put more areas under government protection
through the E-NIPAS Act.

“We have to put in place adequate conservation measures and
appropriate management schemes to safeguard the biodiversity of
ecologically rich and biologically important areas in our country so
that present and future generations will continue to benefit from it,”
stressed Villar.

The senator is the principal author of the E-NIPAS Act which expanded
the list of protected areas from 13 to 107. These include popular
tourism destinations as well as internationally recognized critical
zones.

The law was signed on June 22, 2018. (ai/mtvn)

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