Asean Environment Year 2015

To:

Bureau Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
All Others Concerned

1. The Department of Education (DepEd) joins the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in announcing the following activities with respective schedules for Calendar Year 2015, which marks the ASEAN Environment Year 2015 with the theme Empowering the Youth for a Green ASEAN Community. Detailed activities are listed in Enclosure No. 1.

ActivitySchedule
National Clean-Up MonthSeptember, 2015
International Ozone DaySeptember 16, 2015
International Coastal Clean-Up WeekendSeptember 19, 2015
National Tamaraw MonthOctober, 2015
International Lead Prevention Poisoning WeekOctober 20-26, 2015
National Clean Air Month and National Environmental Awareness MonthNovember, 2015
National Climate Change Consciousness WeekNovember 19-25, 2015

2. The conduct of these events aims to support the implementation of Republic Act No. 9512 entitled National Environmental Awareness and Education Act.

3. Regional directors and schools division superintendents shall enjoin their school heads (SHs) to plan and use the form provided in Enclosure No. 2 in listing doable and appropriate activities to celebrate said events.

4. The SHs shall encourage their learners to participate in the celebration of their school events.

For more information, all concerned may contact:

Ms. Elenita Basug
Chief, Environmental Education and Information Division (EEID) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City Telephone No.: (02) 376-5610 Telefax No.: (02) 928-4674
Email Addresses: ecofriendlyschools@gmail.com; web@denr.gov.ph
Website Addresses: http://www.emb.gov.ph; http://www.denr.gov.ph

Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.


 

List of Nationally and Internationally-significant Environmental Events / Celebrations

Name of Event or CelebrationDate

Celebrated
Legal BasisBrief Description Of the Event or Celebration
National Zero Waste MonthJanuaryPresidential Proclamation No. 760, Series of 2014

Republic Act No. 9003 - Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 promotes environnnental awareness and action among tine citizenry and institutionalizes public participation in the development of national and local integrated, comprehensive

and ecological waste management programs.
World Wetlands DayFebruary 2Ramsar Convention on WetlandsThis is an annual celebration of the vital importance of international wetlands to ecological and human health. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Irainian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Government agencies, non-government organizations and community groups have celebrated World Wetlands Day by (undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits .and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands. These activities include seminars, nature walks,, festivals,, launches of niew policies, announcement of new Ramsar sites, newspaper articles, radio interviews and wetland rehabilitation.
World Wildlife DayMarch 3United Nations General Assembly dated December 20, 2013In its resolution, the General Assembly reaffirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being, and recognized the important role of Convention on International-Trade in Endaingered Species of \A/ild Fauna and Flora in ensuring that international trade does not threaten the species' survival.
International Day of ForestsMarch 21United Nations General Assembly dated February 14, 2013The occasion is intended to be one of the world's leading global platforms for people with an interest in forests amd climate change to share their views and work together to ensure forests are suitably incorporated into any future climate change mitigation and adaption strategies.
World Water Day / Philippine Water WeekMarch 22/ 4th We:ek of March1992 United Nations: Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de JaneiroThis world day for water was observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development: contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resource:;) of Agenda

21.

States were invited to devote the Day to implement the UN recommendations and set up concrete activities; deemed appropriate in the national context.
International Earth Day/ Month of Planet: EarthApril 22/ AprilPresidential Proclamation Nos. 1481 and 1482Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. We pursue our mission through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer activism campaigns. Our campaign and programs are predicated on the: belief that an educated, energized population will take action to secure a healthy future for itself and its children. Earth Day Network has a global reach with a network of more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries;. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.
Month of the OceanMayPresidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1999Proclamation No. 57 dated January 9, 1999 declares the Month of May as the Month of the Ocean in the Philippines.
The International Day for Biological DiversityMay 22Convention on Biological Diversity
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
World Environment Day/ Philippine Environment MonthJune 5Presidential Proclamation No. 237World Environment Day (WED) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Commemorated yearly on 5 June, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.
Philippine Eagles WeekJune 4-10Proclamation No. 79Said Proclamation aims specifically i) to strengthen public awareness on the significant role of the Philippine Eagle in the forest ecosystem, and its importance as a national symbol and unique heritage, among others; ii)to generate unified and concerted efforts among all sectors of the society to ensure: the protection and perpetuation of the: species; and iii)to encourage non-government organizations, private companies or corporations, people's organization, academic and scientific organizations and all another interested parties to participate in the annual celebration of the Philippine Eagle Week.
World Day to Combat DesertificationJune 171994 United Nations Convention to Combat DesertificationIn 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat: Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
National Arbor DayJune 25Proclamation No. 643 that amended Proclamation No. 396 of June 2, 2003The active participation of all government: agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations., private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity.
National Disaster Consciousness MonthJulyExecutive Order No. 137 dated August 10, 1999National Disaster Consciousness Month aimed to increase awareness of every Filipino to the ever threatening disasters for a better appreciation of the: government's disaster preparedness program.
National Clean-Up Month/International Coastal Clean-Up WeekendWeekend of SeptemberPresidential Proclamation No. 244 - National Clean-U p Month Presidential Proclamation No. 470 - International Coastal Clean-Up WeekendThis event was just the beginning of a movement for cleaner beeches and marine habitats. In a few years, what had been a local clean-up grew to encompass the 25 U..S. states and territories. In 1989, the Clean-Up the World weekend, officially became an international event, with the involvement of responsible citizens of Canada and Mexico. Today, half a million citizens from almost 100 countries; participate in the Clean-Up, and it has grown into an annual event, motivating people the world over to get outside and do something for their' coastal environment.
National Ozone Protection Month/International Ozone DaySeptember 16DepEd Memo No.
358, s. 2007, Montreal Protocol
The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1 January 1989 when it had been ratified by 29 countries and the European Economy Community (EEC).

As of February 2007, 19 countries have ratified the Protocol, representing an international effort to^safeguard t:he ozone layer through controls on production, consumption end use of ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
National Tamaraw MonthOctoberPresidential Proclamation No. 233
Under said Proclamation,, all government offices, agencies and instrumentalities in the whole Island of Mindoro are urged to implement activities geared toward the conservation of the Tamaraw and its habitats at least during the month of October.
International Lead Poisoning Prevention WeekOctober 20-252012 International Conference on Chemicals Management The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP') and the World Health Organization (\A/HO) were invited to establish a global partnership to promote phasing out: the use of lead in paints, ie, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP). The Alliance aims to catalyze efforts to prevent children's exposure to lead from paints and to minimize occupational exposures to lead paint.

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