Cimatu calls to end impunity for crimes against environment
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has called for an end to impunity for crimes against environment.
He said this during the national celebration of Earth Day held at the Harbour Square, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Manila over the weekend.
This year’s Earth Day celebration was organized jointly by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Earth Day Network Philippines.
In his State of the Environment Address, read by DENR Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Rodolfo C. Garcia, Cimatu urged Filipinos not to tolerate environmental abuse and help fill the gap in the enforcement of laws on environmental protection.
“We must cease being tolerant of environmental abuse, and take active part in the strict enforcement of environmental laws, rules, regulations and ordinances,” Cimatu said.
He also said the government needs the direct participation of the citizens in accelerating reforestation, coastal cleanups, conserving energy and popularizing lifestyles that will enable the country reduce its carbon footprint and enhance its resilience.
According to Cimatu, environmental abuse persists because there are people who allow, if not encourage, “irresponsibility to proceed with impunity.”