Do your part for Mother Earth, Join SILAKBO

Sikad, lakad, takbo… SILAKBO.  This is the City of Santa Rosa’s unique way of raising awareness and calling to action on the importance of protecting Mother Earth and preserving the environment.

Scheduled on April 10 as a kick-off to the city’s celebration of Earth Week, SILAKBO aims to gather people from all over the city to walk, run and bike for a cause.

Organized by the city government in partnership with the Save Silang-Santa Rosa River (S3R2) Foundation, SILAKBO is also a fund-raising campaign in the efforts to save the Silang-Santa Rosa River, the major waterway of the City of Santa Rosa.

Expected to lead the participants is Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas, who is urging Rosenians to help build this city to be “among the most livable cities in the country with sustainable development characterized with a balance in economic progress and environmental security.”

Aside from the celebration of Earth Week, Mayor Arlene also pushing for the enactment of the Environment Code of the City of Santa, which is a compendium of all existing local ordinances and national laws related to the environment.

The Environment Code is currently being drafted by a Technical Working Group formed by Mayor Arlene.  Lending support to the TWG is the World Wildlife Fund.  National agencies such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Laguna Lake Development Authority, and Environment Management Bureau are also being consulted for inputs.

Mayor Arlene expects the Code to be approved by June this year.  Initial draft of the Code contains provisions on air, water, land management and solid waste management.

Earth Week celebration

Those interested to join the SILAKBO are request to contact the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) at the 4th Floor of the City Government Center.

For those who wish to join the LAKAD (Walk) Group, the converging point is at the Tram Plaza in Barangay Balibago.  The TAKBO (Run) Group will converge in the Rotonda in Barangay Dita.  The SIKAD (Bicycle) Group will start in Paseo de Santa Rosa.

Aside from SILAKBO, the weeklong celebration of Earth Week 2001 includes the following:

·         Mural Painting sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa in partnership with the Sangguniang Kabataan scheduled on April 11

·         Green Exposition, a livelihood training program scheduled on April 12

·         MusiKalikasan, a benefit concert for the environment sponsored by San Miguel Brewery, scheduled on April 15 at the City Plaza

·         The Lakeshore Clean-Up scheduled on April 16 in Barangay Caingin.

Interested parties may call the City ENRO at telephone at 530-0015 local 4402.  (Maria Victoria A. Cariño)

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