Green sum­mit to be held in Oro

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

With the aim of rais­ing aware­ness on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, civil so­ci­ety group Su­log and the Arch­dio­cese of Ca­gayan de Oro will be ini­ti­at­ing the first-ever Peo­ple’s En­vi­ron­ment Sum­mit on January 10, 2018, at the Limketkai Atrium.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal sum­mit comes al­most one month af­ter parts of Ca­gayan de Oro was once again flooded due to Trop­i­cal Storm Vinta.

Co­op­er­a­tive De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (CDA) chair­man Orlando Ra­van­era said the sum­mit aims to gather key peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions to help gov­ern­ment gain fresh per­spec­tives.

The sum­mit will be open to the pub­lic and will es­pe­cially welcome the par­tic­i­pa­tion of leg­is­la­tors to en­cour­age them to sup­port and craft laws that will guide peo­ple in mit­i­gat­ing the ef­fects of en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ters.

“We will now come up with a con­crete plan that will save Ca­gayan de Oro and its peo­ple. Hope­fully our law­mak­ers both lo­cal and na­tional could at­tend so we all can work to­gether in achiev­ing our goal, pro­tect the peo­ple and save our en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Ra­van­era dis­closed the Task Force (TF) Ki­naiya­han will pub­li­cize a re­port nam­ing min­ing com­pa­nies and log­ging corporations which he called are main con­trib­u­tors to the cycli­cal flood­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by the city.

TF Ki­naiya­han, he said, was man­dated by the Court of Ap­peals to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment by the virtue of the Writ of Ka­likasan. The writ is a rem­edy avail­able to any per­sons or or­ga­ni­za­tions whose con­sti­tu­tional right to a bal­anced and health­ful ecol­ogy is vi­o­lated, or threat­ened.

Ac­cord­ing to Ra­van­era, big min­ing com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing il­le­gally in the moun­tains are fac­tors why flood­ing in Ca­gayan de Oro is now un­con­trol­lable.

“I want them to be ar­rested and hold them ac­count­able. I do not care if they threaten us,” Ra­van­era said.

“We should wake up now and save our city,” Ra­van­era added.

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