(April 5, 2012) The city government of Tacurong spearheaded the observance of Earth Hour 2012 in the City of Tacurong, which gathered the participation of several constituents who switched off their lights for at least an hour on March 31.
An hour before switch off, a program transpired at the city hall ground attended by more than a hundred individuals. City Mayor Lina Montilla led the city officials and employees in the program participated by the personnel of Department of Education, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, Girl Scout of the Philippines, Civil Society Organizations, catholic priests, and other groups.
During the program, an overview on the observance of Earth Hour was given by Sangguniang Panlungsod Environment Committee Chairperson Psyche Sucaldito. Video documentaries on climate change were also shown. During the switch off at 8:30 PM, the participants to the program lighted candles and arranged themselves forming the image of 60+.
As part of its participation, Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative cut off the power supply in the area for thirty minutes starting at 8:30PM.
Mayor Lina Montilla, speaking during the program, said that it is high time that each of us contributes in mitigating the effects of climate change because Mindanao has already suffered its terrible effects. “The typhoon that struck Northern Mindanao was a perfect example of the devastating effects of climate change”, the mayor said. “Prior to the typhoon, Mindanao has been typhoon-free for long decades; but now, we are very vulnerable”.
This is already the second year that the City of Tacurong joined in the observance of Earth Hour. Councilor Sucaldito hopes that more people would become advocates of energy conservation and that more people would do their share of saving Mother Earth even beyond Earth Hour. (Allan Freno)