Ilo­cos Norte churches go green

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LAOAG CITY—The Dio­cese of Laoag is set to em­bark on a so­lar en­ergy project which aims to help re­duce the coun­try’s car­bon foot­print.

In re­sponse to the ur­gent call of Pope Fran­cis to stop cli­mate change, Bishop Renato Mayugba of the Dio­cese of Laoag said they have in­vited WeGen Philip­pines, a next-gen­er­a­tion en­ergy busi­ness to in­stall so­lar pan­els that au­to­mat­i­cally con­vert so­lar en­ergy into elec­tric­ity for the 28 parishes of the Dio­cese of Laoag.

“As Pope Fran­cis tells us to care for the en­vi­ron­ment, we need to look at other al­ter­na­tives to re­duce our car­bon foot­print,” said Mayugba cit­ing the prov­ince of Ilo­cos Norte is lucky to have wind and so­lar power farms, gen­er­at­ing clean and re­new­able en­ergy for the peo­ple.

In 2015, the Pope signed an en­cycli­cal on cli­mate change, un­der­scor­ing that en­vi­ron­ment and car­ing for the Earth are key global is­sues. That en­cycli­cal, ti­tled “Laudato Si,” is con­sid­ered both a sear­ing in­dict­ment of the world’s fail­ure to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and a call to ac­tion.

The pope pro­posed that car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment shall be added to the tra­di­tional Chris­tian works of mercy such as feed­ing the hun­gry and vis­it­ing the sick.


Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte de­liv­ers his key­note ad­dress and dec­la­ra­tion the open­ing of the Palarong Pam­bansa 2018 at the Quirino Sta­dium in Vigan City, Ilo­cos Sur on Sun­day (April 15, 2018). The sports meet is par­tic­i­pated by thou­sands of young ath­letes from the coun­try's 17 re­gions.

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