Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Ms. Earth Philippines Visits Iligan City

(Tuesday23rd day of September 2019)

 

Iligan City – Ms. Earth Philippines 2019 Janelle Tee graced Iligan City Hall’s flag-raising ceremony on September 23 at the Anahaw Amphitheater, Buhanginan Hills, Pala-o, Iligan City.

Right after the flag-raising ceremony, Ms. Tee proceeded to Chef Rod’s for a press conference which was attended by local media personnel.

“When I competed for Ms. Philippines Earth, my advocacy was Indoor air quality, because it directly affects human health and productivity. And now that I’m representing the Philippines on a global scale I aim for environmental sustainability, education, and eco-tourism, and still Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). It’s a mix of what Ms. Philippines has been doing already, education about 5 R’s: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Respect. And eco-tourism, as I’ve mentioned a while ago. I’m working closely with a non-government organization and we develop undiscovered eco-tourism locations and help communities have livelihood projects,” Ms. Tee stated when asked about her personal advocacy.

IAQ refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Understanding and controlling common pollutants indoors can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns. (https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/introduction-indoor-air-quality)

The Ms. Earth contestant also shared her insights about single-use plastics: “It should be a habit, and then from being a habit it becomes a lifestyle. Actually lisod jud siya tanggalon sa atoang system kay sanay man ta mo-palit (gamit plastic), even ako, usahay, pag-wala na kay choice maka-palit jud ka’g nay plastic bottles and everything, but i-sure lang jud nimo nga imong mga plastic bottles na gi-gamit ma-recycle na nimo and i-practice jud nato nga mag-dala ta’g tumblers nato, sa groceries mag-dala ta ug eco-bags. Kay kung kahibaw man gud ta ug asa ma-adto (plastics) ma-isip na nato nga iwasan nalang. Plastics sometimes go to the oceans and usahay pajud ma-inom na nato kay mahimong micro plastics na siya. Dili siya ingana ka-dali ma-decompose. (Actually, it is really difficult to take it out from our system because we’ve already got used to buying with plastic, even me, sometimes you don’t really have a choice, you’d buy something with plastic bottles and everything, just make sure that the plastic bottles you used would be recycled and we should instead practice to bring your own tumblers, and during groceries we bring our own eco-bags. If only we are aware where our plastics go, we would rethink and just avoid it. Plastics sometimes go to the oceans and sometimes we end up drinking it because they become micro-plastics. They do not decompose easily)”

Ms. Tee also added: “It’s no longer about climate change, it has become climate crisis and it is actually a climate emergency. We should act immediately and do what we can to save what we still have. I am trying to make everyone understand that we should know the root causes of what we are experiencing right now, for example, the single-use plastics and what it’s been doing to the environment. If we don’t understand something, we don’t really do it. It starts from realizing its worth and then we practice it and it becomes a lifestyle.”

 

– –  Kristoff S.

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