Developments in the Environmental Front
The province is blessed with abundant natural resources in both its terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The challenge lies on its protection and conservation – an advocacy Governor Roger Mercado is so passionate about, which dates back to his days as Representative for the province of Southern Leyte.
It takes not just expertise, knowledge or experience to manage,protect and conserve the province’s natural resources. Perhaps, what is also important is passion.
After being mandated by law to serve such purposes, the provincial government through its environment and natural resources office, has enhanced and reinvigorated its efforts to address all threats that may cause huge, if not irreparable, harm to the province’s fragile ecosystem.
Of course, it is a very daunting task to manage or regulate activities covering the province’s forest, coastal, fisheries and mineral resources, not to mention pollution control and water and waste management.
But somehow, the provincial government was able achieve breakthroughs and advancement in the environmental front through innovative ways.
Yet the time-tested formula of resource enhancement could well be the most effective way for nature to recover and regenerate. Through the years, these activities have been part of the provincial government’s environment program. Massive tree or mangrove planting, d establishment of marine protected areas (MPA’s) are some examples, whose effect can now be felt in most municipalities in the province.
However, a much bigger challenge facing the province today is sustainability of its environmental efforts. With the creation of task forces, in coordination with concerned environment organizations, law enforcement and local government units, and regular consultations among stakeholders, like the environment summit held recently in Maasin City, a sustainable system of protecting Southern Leyte’s rich natural resources is hopefully within reach.
ECOLOGICAL AND SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
As population grows and economic activities intensify, so does the volume of garbage. In the past, waste managers were able to find solutions to the garbage problem , because it was not a real problem at that time. But with today’s rapid economic and population growth, pollution caused by humans is now the number one threat to our environment, making our lives perilous and unhealthy on a daily basis.
How can every citizen help solve the problem?