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San Carlos City, Finalist in Earth Hour City Challenge

San Carlos City emerged as one of the three finalists to the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) announced by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), March 11, 2016.

Said EHCC gives San Carlos City a chance to become a national Earth Hour Capital and later global Earth Hour capital and share the ranks of other global winners namely Vancouver in Canada, Cape Town in South Africa and Seoul, South Korea.

San Carlos City’s contenders to said competition include Santa Rosa City in Laguna and Makati City.

Engr. Arthur Batomalaque, Officer-In-Charge of the City Environment Management Office (CEMO) said San Carlos City has a big chance of winning since the city’s environmental practices including protection of wide forest and watershed reserves, 300 hectares of mangrove areas, solid waste management system and the rise of renewable energy sources in the city constitute to sustainable practices which WWF promote to combat climate change.

Other cities in the Philippines that stood up to the challenge before the final cut include Cagayan de Oro, Parañaque, Naga and Quezon City.
The winner for national EHCC will be announced by WWF at the international EHCC awards ceremony in Quito, Ecuador in October 2016.

Meanwhile, CEMO is now busy preparing for Earth Hour 2016 on March 19 distributing leaflets and encouraging all residents to participate and switch off their lights from 8:30pm to 9:30pm to be one with the global community in taking action against global warming.

This is now the 10th year of the city in its observance of Earth Hour