BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi - The provincial government of Tawi-Tawi conducted on Tuesday several activities marking the observance of the "World Environment Day" with theme "Green Economy: Does It Include You?"
Tawi-Tawi Vice Governor Hja. Ruby M. Sahali, an environmentalist herself, reminded the people here of their responsibility in protecting the environment, and the rich natural resources in the province.
"Green economy in my own point of view is ensuring the sustainability of our resources while providing and securing the livelihood of our people," she said.
"Environmental protection should not end in awareness alone, but we have to work hard for it. Environmental awareness had already been done," she added.
The energetic lady vice governor emphasized that "we already had empowered our community, now is the time to move and act so we could sustain the richness and beauty of our province so that future Tawi-Tawians could enjoy the abundance of our natural resources."
"The unanswered question of how will I protect our environment without sacrificing the livelihood of our people is my utmost challenge as a leader and as an environmentalist," she lamented.
Sahali who served as chairperson of the Provincial Natural Resources Management Program also formally opened on Tuesday the annual Roving Poster Exhibit that has attracted many environmentally concerned local residents in this capital town.
The exhibit is being spearheaded by the Philippine Association of Marine Scientists in the province of Tawi-Tawi, in cooperation with the provincial government and the Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography MSU-TCTO.
The activity was brought to Tawi-Tawi by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Project Consultant Dr. Filemon Romero with the hope of encouraging more students to engage with environmental conservation studies.
At the opening, Sahali also took the opportunity to inform the officials and other dignitaries in attendance to the exhibit about the silent accomplishment of the energetic governor of the province, Hadji Sadikul Sahali
"Looking back three years ago, Tawi-Tawi has improved a lot as far as our economic status, physical development, and infrastructure, and as far as the knowledge of our people in protecting our environment is concerned," she said.
The increasing number of people coming in to our province simply signifies economic growth, and environmental exploitation and tourism, she added.
Looking at the economic point of view, these people come to our province for leisure and business, which help generate and sustain the livelihood of our people, she claimed.
Nonetheless, she said this growth in the local economy means exploitation of our natural resources.