NEGRENSES are being urged to go carless on Fridays as the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) launched the campaign “#TGIF, It’s Carless Day. Save Gas, Save the Environment.”

The launching was held last Friday, June 6, at SM City Bacolod as part of the celebrations for the Philippine Environment Month.

TGIF stands for Thank God It’s Friday, a common expression used to indicate satisfaction with the end of the work week.

TGIF, It’s Carless Day seeks the commitment of the government and private offices to lessen the use of cars on Fridays to lessen the emission of harmful gases from cars, a press release from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) read.

The campaign aims to mitigate the dreadful effects of climate change, wherein one of the major causes is the emission of harmful gases like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide from all sorts of vehicles,

Penro officer Andres Untal said that presently there are fewer trees in our forests that could absorb the emissions from vehicles therefore it is imperative to lessen the use of vehicles so that when there are lesser vehicles on the road, there are lesser emissions.

“It is a matter of fact that we are headed on an uphill battle against carmakers and fuel providers and those who have the means for convenience, but investing on carless Fridays by walking, car pooling and biking not only save the gas and the environment, it likewise stimulates blood circulation and burns fat, as it empowers the person to resist use of vehicle,” Untal said.

Meanwhile, the Penro also partnered with SM City Bacolod for their launching event whose corporate program on environment and sustainability focuses on energy and resource efficiency, air quality, solid waste management and compliance with international and local environmental laws.

SM City Bacolod public relations manager May Castro said SM City Bacolod supports the DENR’s campaign of carless Friday.

“We do what we must in minimizing our environmental impacts in each of our location in all capacities. Taking care of the environment is important but it is also important to take action and in putting in all our efforts, our small acts may make a big global impact,” Castro added. (PIA)