The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO) hosted the 2nd Monday Convocation program at the City Hall parking lot on December 11, 2023. The event aimed to advocate for environmental care, aligning with the theme: “The Right to a Balanced and Healthful Ecology: A Basic Human Right, The Best Gift of Love for the Next Generation.”

City Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran, city officials, employees, and representatives from national-lined agencies, gathered for the occasion. The invited resource speaker was Rev. Fr. Reynaldo D. Raluto, Parish Priest, ecological advocate, and author of the book “Poverty and Ecology at the Crossroads: Towards an Ecological Theology of Liberation in the Philippine Context.”

During his presentation, Rev. Fr. Raluto delved into the scientific studies of the Earth and their implications for achieving ecological balance. He highlighted the nine planetary boundaries crucial to sustaining Earth as a habitable space for humans, animals, and plants.

Emphasizing the importance of collective action, he urged continued advocacy for tree planting and stressed that while individuals may not be the saviors of the Earth, collective efforts can mitigate violations of planetary boundaries, ensuring a sustainable and safe environment for current and future generations.

In his address, Mayor Pabillaran reassured the commitment of city officials to their sworn duties in implementing plans, programs, and policies that promote a healthy and safe environment for constituents. He called on everyone to be conscientious in maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings and to observe proper waste segregation, underlining the city’s dedication to environmental stewardship.