SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A full complement of environment-friendly activities marked the observance of the global Earth Hour in this free port, as stakeholders here tried to instill environmental protection in the community beyond the call to switch off lights to symbolically focus attention on climate change.
Residents, business locators, and community groups here joined the global program to save Mother Earth through a ceremony at The Lighthouse Marina Resort, which signalled the hour-long switching off of lights and other electrical appliances, particularly in the Central Business District here.
Before this, however, the Subic Bay Freeport community also participated in a beach clean-up, the opening of the Kicksand Beach Football Luzon leg at the Boardwalk Park area, and the re-launch of Ocean Adventure’s high dive event.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) chairman and Administrator Roberto Garcia said the various activities before the Earth Hour indicated the support to the global call for sustainable development and conservation not only from his agency, which manages the free port, but also from the various sectors in the community.
“Everyone here in the Subic Bay Freeport – employees, investors, business locators, workers, and residents – we all do our share in our own little way. And with these little efforts, we hope to make a big difference in protecting the environment,” Garcia said.
Earth Hour, which is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), is held annually from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the last Saturday of March.
According to WWF, this year’s Earth Hour focused on establishing commitments to bring down greenhouse gas emissions and help slow down climate change.
The Earth Hour project in Subic was jointly spearheaded by the SBMA Ecology Center and the Redondo Peninsula Energy Incorporated (RPEI), in cooperation with the Lighthouse Marina Resort Hotel, where the symbolic switching off of lights was held.