Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1988 by then President Corazon Aquino, the month of June is declared as the Philippine Environment Month.
The Philippines does not commemorate only a day for the environment. Rather, it dedicates the entire month of June as Philippine Environment Month. Even as it celebrates World Environment Day on June 5, the country also launches varied environmental events for the whole month, including the Philippine Eagle Week (June 4 – 10), DENR Founding Anniversary (June 10), and Philippine Arbor Day (June 25).
While World Environment Day carries the theme ‘Air Pollution’, the different regions of the country interprets it in ways that conform with their respective (local) circumstances.
In Region 8 (Tacloban), for example, the local DENR office modifies the theme and make it “Connecting People to Nature”, which “seeks to encourage people to go outdoor, appreciate the beauty and importance of nature, and take part in the call to protect Mother Earth”. Their activities include an exhibit of DENR milestone in environmental protection from 1987 – 2017 in the region, the opening of the DENR mini-park, tree planting, clean-up, conferences, and media orientations.
Meanwhile, in Region 11 (Davao), DENR’s regional and provincial offices raise the theme “Green Economy: Does it include You?”, which focuses on “the need of the communities to shift into more environment-friendly, low-carbon, and resource-efficient approach such as using biodegradable products and avoiding the use of harmful chemicals”. Their activities include tree and mangrove planting, coastal clean-up, estero (estuary) clean-up, and information campaign centered on climate change mitigation, among others.
DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu reminds newly elected city and municipal mayors to give attention to the implementation of environmental laws, particularly the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. He also calls on local government officials in the Manila Bay region to cooperate with the DENR-led inter-agency task force for the Manila Bay rehabilitation.