Sum­mit tack­les prepa­ra­tions for fu­ture calami­ties

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Top Stories - By Jo Ann Sablad

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL groups and agen­cies un­der Writ of Ka­likasan have gath­ered to tackle dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues dur­ing the Peo­ple’s En­vi­ron­ment Sum­mit on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 10, in Limketkai Atrium, Ca­gayan de Oro City.

Un­der­sec­re­tary Or­lando Ra­van­era, the head of Su­log, said the sum­mit aims to in­crease the aware­ness of the peo­ple in the city on the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues that are still present and to in­form the public of its na­ture.

“But this is no or­di­nary gath­er­ing, be­cause we will in­form them the na­ture of the prob­lem kay sila, (be­cause) they do not know nga ang Ca­gayan de Oro diay, dili ni nat­u­ral [ang prob­lem] (that the prob­lem in Ca­gayan de Oro is not nat­u­ral), this is man­made,” Ra­van­era said.

Ra­van­era said know­ing the na­ture of the prob­lem will help the peo­ple to pre­pare for calami­ties in the fu­ture.

Ra­van­era also men­tioned that en­vi­ron­men­tal laws have not been prop­erly en­forced as il­le­gal log­ging and min­ing are still preva­lent.

“Kung naa pa tay for­est, dili ta maba­haan dinhi (If only we still have forests,

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