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Emphasizing the urgent need for environmental preservation

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. extended heartfelt congratulations to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for commemorating the Philippine Environment Month, the Philippine Arbor Day, and the 160th Anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service. The President highlighted the importance of trees and emphasized the need to care for the environment not only for the current generation but also for the future.

Expressing concern about the level of consciousness regarding ecology and resources among citizens, President Marcos questioned whether the needs of the Earth are given equal importance as personal needs in their day-to-day routines. Nonetheless, he acknowledged the significant role the Filipinos play as custodians of the planet when united in purpose and direction.

The President praised the Forest Management Bureau (formerly the Philippine Forestry Service) for their unwavering commitment in protecting and conserving forests since 1863. To further inspire progress in preserving trees and forests in the years ahead, the anniversary of the bureau was commemorated.

Recalling the declaration of World Environment Day on June 5th by the President's father, the importance of environmental preservation and sustainability was emphasized. President Marcos acknowledged the exigency of nurturing a deeper consciousness among the people to address the challenges posed by climate change and the mismanagement of resources over the centuries.

The protection and rehabilitation of biodiversity within and around the Philippines were highlighted as crucial for shaping the nation's destiny. The President emphasized the administration's commitment to ensuring environmental integrity and sustainability for the benefit of both present and future generations.

In a call to action, the President urged the DENR, other government agencies, the private sector, and the public to collaborate in protecting, preserving, and managing the country's limited resources. He challenged everyone to develop a deep sense of pride and ownership of the lands that sustain the nation, emphasizing the importance of the forestland in addressing climate change.

President Marcos acknowledged the global warnings from scientists over the years regarding the consequences of not changing habits and insensitivity to the environment. The impact of global warming and climate change, including the vulnerability of the Filipino people, was emphasized. The answer to this problem, the President stated, lies in the preservation of forestland.

Highlighting recent changes in the international economy, the President explained how the business community has begun recognizing the value of forestland. The ability to assign a peso value to forestland and its exchange potential for carbon emissions in other areas has opened new opportunities to incentivize and economically benefit those who care for forests.

Drawing on a successful model in Ilocos Norte, where a sense of ownership among locals was crucial for the self-sustainability of a tree-planting project, the President called for similar approaches nationwide. Providing a template for the preservation of forestland and emphasizing the need to involve and empower local communities, the President expressed confidence in Filipinos' dedication to preserving ecology, biodiversity, and forestland.

The President concluded the speech by emphasizing that by taking care of nature; Mother Earth will reciprocate and enable the nation to flourish in a brighter and more prosperous future. He underscored calls for unity in protecting and managing limited resources for the benefit of present and future generations. (PIA-NCR / Presidential Photos by PND-PCO)

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