The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) XII conducted a webinar on Earth Day Teach-in entitled: Invest in Our Planet in line with the celebration of the Month of the Planet Earth on April 26, 2022, via Zoom Application.

 Representing EMB 12 Regional Director Omar M. Saikol, Chief Finance and Administrative Division Abdulkadir C. Andang emphasized the office’s commitment to promote sustainable development, and addressing environmental issues particularly climate change in the country and the current environmental conditions. He also urged the audience to join in the fight to protect our natural resources.

Resource Speaker Joniel Y. Lauren, RMicro, Assistant Professor of Notre Dame of Marbel University, gave an overview of the basic science behind the major environmental issues and their mitigation and responses to environmental pollution. He explained that groundwater pollution happens when man-made goods such as oil, road salts, and chemicals contaminate the water, rendering it hazardous and unfit for human consumption.

Another speaker, Mr. Krizler C. Tanalgo, PhD, Instructor I of the University of Southern Mindanao, spoke briefly about the importance of bat conservation. In his presentation, he detailed how bats are beneficial to ecosystems all over the world and are frequently keystone species. Bat populations, on the other hand, are dwindling around the world, and conservation efforts are urgently needed as many species are losing ground, becoming threatened or endangered, or becoming extinct.

Meanwhile, Atty. Mark Peñalver, Executive Director of Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) Inc., discussed pressing environmental issues and their solutions. He also shared his experiences and discussed how other sectors can participate in various environmental projects and activities to combat climate change.

Lastly, Mr. Jurdy Quijance, Assistant Professor at Notre Dame of Marbel University, discussed about Environmental Literacy and Civics. During his talk, he discussed the public’s responsibilities and rights in maintaining a healthy environment.

Approximately 90 individuals from different organizations, schools, and national government offices attended the said webinar. The webinar aimed to raise awareness and focused on accelerating solutions to combat the greatest threat, climate change, and to activate government agencies, citizens, and students to do their part.