Groups join forces for environmental campaign

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

ANGELES CITY – A huge coalition of private organizations, companies and concerned individuals is set to launch a sustainable mass campaign for environmental awareness and protection, green development and healthy living.

Led by the Pampanga Arts Guild, Holy Rosary Parish-Sagip Sapang Balen and the Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL), the campaign will be officially launched on Tuesday (April 17), 8:00 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Parish Church Hall in Angeles City.

The campaign dubbed as “SUBLI,” a Kapampangan word which literally means “return or to return,” is a homage to Mother Earth – that is, returning what we reaped from Mother Nature by actively working for its protection and regeneration.


SUBLI covers activities, programs and proposed projects for environmental awareness, green development and health and wellness.

This event is the first in Pampanga where a number of groups gather and act together for an environmental campaign.

For the longest time, several non-government organizations such as Sagip-Sapang Balen of the Holy Rosary Parish, Save the Trees Movement and ADCL have campaigned and walked the streets calling for reforms in environmental programs and implementation of environmental laws but still, less has been accomplished through government intervention.

But with the birth of SUBLI, the new coalition of concerned stakeholders, private groups and individuals who have embraced the calling for a greater cause to work in line with the environmental advocates, a strong line has been marked to boldly address the issues on environment.

Among the SUBLI campaign supporters and contributors are the Pampanga Arts Guild; Sagip-Sapang Balen-Holy Rosary Parish; Alliance for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) Save the Trees Movement; Pinoy Gumising ka Movement (PGKM); United Architects of the Philippines-Angeles (UAP); Metro Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (MACCII) Kuliat Foundation Inc.; Greater Clark Visitors’ Bureau (GCVB); National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-Pampanga; Alpha Phi Omega; Tau Gamma Phi; Alpha Gamma Beta; HAU Alumni Association Inc.; Holy Angel University Spurge H.S. Batch ‘74; Musikerong Kapampangan; Taguete Realty Corp.; Mother Earth Foods; Salilungan Art Gallery; Connect Plus PR and Advertising; Armando’s Pizza; Sun.Star Pampanga; Angeles Observer; Central Luzon Daily; Central Luzon Businessweek; and Punto Gitnang Luzon.

Minerva Arceo, SUBLI media relations officer, said representatives of the lead organizations are set to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) stating their commitment to campaign and work for the protection of the environment.

The MOU will also include the community’s call for the passage of various legislations and proposed programs for the local government units in Pampanga, particularly in Angeles City.

These legislations include among others, the affirmation of strict compliance of local government units on existing national environmental laws, the proposed creation of Parks and Recreation Office that will yield to the development of family-oriented parks and the adoption of Green Architecture among the new and renovated buildings along the major roads of Angeles City.

Arceo said there are also other activities lined-up for the SUBLI kick off campaign this April.

These are the following:

Walk for the Environment to be led by ADCL, scheduled on April 22, 5 a.m.-9a.m. (Assembly point: Nepo Quadrangle, End point: Clark Main Gate).

Musikerong Kapampangan Concert-Metung Yatu on April 20, 7 p.m. at the Wishing Well Bar in Balibago, Angeles City.

SUBLI Holy Mass to be celebrated by Bishop Pablo “Ambo” David on April 22, 7:30 p.m. at the Holy Rosary Parish

SUBLI Earth Day Concert on April 22, 8:30 p.m. in front of the Holy Rosary Parish Curch, also in Angeles. Joey Ayal and Asin’s Lolita Carbon will lead the SUBLI concert.

Arceo added that a series of lectures and fora for the environment, green development and healthy living will be scheduled in May at the Camalig Restaurant in Angeles City.

Meanwhile, schedules for tree-plating activities will be announced by May and June, she added.

Arceo also said the SUBLI campaign is expected to continue until such time that the proposed environmental programs and projects forged and identified by the stakeholders are realized. (Ian Ocampo Flora)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 16, 2012.

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