Taklas-Dagnas sa Patag 2011
Earth Month Celebration 2011 is highlighted by 'Taklas-Dagnas sa Patag' (April 28 - May 1, 2011), a climb and clean up activity in the North Negros Forest Reserve designed by Silay City as its major share in the collective efforts of the provincial government to safeguard the remaining forest in the province.
Series of lectures on the environment at Silay Outdoor Recreation and Ecotourism Area in Brgy. Patag will be facilitated by Armin Paredes, 'Environment Situational Assessment', and Neil Solomon Locsin, 'Global Warming and Climate Change'.
SPM Uldarico Penuela, chair Committee on Tourism, will inform the participants on his environment legislative agenda and Punong Barangay Milagros Catalan will enumerate the efforts of Brgy. Patag in stopping charcoal making, tree cutting, kaingin farming and capture of wildlife in the forest.
Achilles Corteza, Silay cultural affairs officer, is the trek captain and chief navigator who will lead the volunteers to a massive clean-up of Patag's two premier waterfalls, Pulang Tubig and Dumalabdab.
Silay City is hosting a social concert and friendship dinner (April 28) at the lawn of polygon swimming pool to remind participants through songs the crusade they are joining for the Mother Earth. All participants will be provided free limited edition t-shirts for TD II.
Mayor Jose Montelibano said that this activity includes clean-up drive, trek to the peak, environment advocacy, and the clearing of the trails with animal and bird traps.
Ver Pacete, tourism officer of Silay, said that the group will camp at Tinagong Dagat and Sulfatara (Sulfur Spring) to document the changes and transformations which occur brought about by climate change.
Coordinating with Silay team is Timawa Outdoor Club, Inc. headed by Agustin Pun-an with the participation of Silay Rescue Group, Green Alert, Youth for Progress, Free Lance Environmentalists, Patag Farmers Group, and students from the University of St. La Salle, University of Negros Occidental - Recoletos, Technological University of the Philippines, West Negros College and Riverside College.
Gerle H. Sulmaca