ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Groups in Iloilo City celebrated World Environment Day by submitting their respective petitions and legal notices to the local government of Iloilo City demanding to take action by strictly implementing environmental laws in the country.  

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC-Iloilo) led by lawyer Romeo P. Gerochi and Ted Aldwin Ong submitted two notices to the office of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas inquiring its level of compliance to RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and RA 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999.

The letter of notices states that implementation of the law “has been long overdue” and the groups are “ready to take legal actions.”

Other organizations and individuals under the umbrella group Global Legal Action on Climate Change (GLACC) likewise submitted its petitions and legal notices to the LGU of Iloilo City.

The groups joined in the holding of a simultaneous press conference all over the country and worldwide to mark the day set aside for the environment.

In Iloilo City, the group held a press conference at the office of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Iloilo Chapter at the Ramon Avanceña Iloilo Hall of Justice.

Among the lawyers present were: Marvin Daquilanea, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Iloilo Chapter; Hector Teodosio, Visayan Sea Squadron, and GLACC lawyers, namely;   

Norberto Pocesion, Shanelle Salinas, Victor Decida, Pet Melliza, and Prosecutor Bionat.

Representatives from the Paulinian Ecological Society of the St. Paul University of Iloilo were also present together with Melvin Purzuelo of the Responsible Ilonggos for Sustainable Energy (RISE!).

In Negros, GLACC lawyers led by Christie Espinosa and Marina Zayco also submitted their notices to the office of Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia.

On the other hand, in Cebu, GLACC lawyer Gloria Estenzo-Ramos also led the group in filing notices before the office of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña after a media briefing at the University of Cebu.

The Global Legal Action on Climate Change (GLACC) is a group initiated by the multi-awarded environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa. Among its conveners are: Bebet Gozun, Neric Acosta, Ed Hagedorn, Angel Alcala, Nina Galang, Odette Alcantara, Chito Macapagal, Lory Tan, Lisa Antonio, Nick Perlas, Cardinal Rosales, and Tony Oposa.

The group aims to take action in order to prevent the irreversible impact of unsustainable environmental practices today to future generations. According to the GLACC, this can be done by initiating legal action on inter-generational damages (damage to future generations) - a legal action, which is hardly ever used, but allows the petitioner to gather the evidence existing and available in the present, in preparation for future legal action.

This legal initiative is internationally known as the principle of inter-generational responsibility which states that present generation has a responsibility to future generations. -30-

Please refer to:

Ted Aldwin Ong, FDC-Iloilo secretary general
Mobile: +63 915 774 7413

Atty. Romeo P. Gerochi, FDC-Iloilo chairperson
Mobile: +63 919 575 5658

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