With a record breaking number of around 500 local Environment and Natural Resources Officers (ENROs) and advocates, including City and Municipal Mayors from across the country as delegates, the flagship program of the Philippine League of Local Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Inc. which is the 8th PLLENRO National Convention has successfully concluded. It was held in Hotel Essencia in Dumaguete City from 17-20 May 2017.
The said convention had for its theme: “Cooling the Climate: Keeping Updates and Moving LGUs Toward Greener Compliances.” It included a series of breakout sessions and tackled issues on: (1) the mitigation and adaptation components of the Local Climate Change Action Plan or LCCAP; (2) solid waste management; and (3) the legal mandates of ENROs. It also covered topics on greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting and inventory and the use of the GHG toolkit. On the fourth day, participants went on a technical tour and visited the Dumaguete City’s Waste Water Treatment Facility.
Marcial Amaro Jr., Assistant Secretary for Field Operations in Visayas from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), was the convention’s keynote speaker. Asec. Amaro said that the theme of the convention was appropriate and timely. He said that local government units must take charge to make communities adaptive to climate change. “DENR must be a committed partner on this endeavors,” he stressed.
Local and international experts from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) B-LEADERS Project, Climate Change Commission, National Solid Waste Management Commission, and the Environment Management Bureau under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources have come together as resource speakers. Atty. Spocky Farolan, member of the University of the Philippines System Board of Regents, also graced the convention and discussed the legal mandates of ENROs.
During the last workshop day of the convention, local government officials like Roel Degamo, Governor of the Province of Negros Oriental; and Felipe Antonio Remollo, Mayor of the City of Dumaguete, welcomed the delegates. Both Gov. Degamo and Mayor Remollo ensured their unwavering support to the League and its advocacies on environmental preservation and climate change action.
Oliver Gonzales, President of PLLENRO, during the closing program, extended his appreciation to all the people and organizations behind the success of the convention. He challenged everyone to respond to the call for servant leadership and the cry for help of Mother Earth. “To whom much is given, much is expected in return. Let us rise to the expectations and exceed them,” said Gonzales who also is the Head of the Batangas City Environment and Natural Resources Office.
The 8th PLLENRO National Convention was endorsed by top government leaders.
In a message sent to PLLENRO, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauded the League for providing a platform where members can discuss environmental issues and find ways to effectively address such concerns. “I hope that the inputs resulting from this conference will translate into solutions that will benefit our people,” the President added.
Meanwhile, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, also in a message sent prior the convention, said that “As member of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, I am one with you in pushing substantive measures which would promote social, economic, and environmental development wherein all of us may share in the ecological wealth of the earth.”