Environment Organizations Back Alvarez

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Local and international environmental organizations yesterday pushed for the appointment of Isabela Rep. Heherson T. Alvarez as the new environment and natural resources secretary.

Alvarez, secretary general of the Lakas-NUCD, had earlier withdrew his bid for a Senate slot in the administration's People Power Coalition, in response to President Gloria Arroyo's call for him to focus on her administration's programs on grave environmental problems.

Over 100 local non-government organizations (NGOs) and international environmental movements such as the Climate Institute based in Washington D.C. and the United Nations Advisory Committee on the Protection of the Seas based in Brussels, Belgium, the Clean Up the World based in Australia, and Earth Day International urged President Arroyo to harness the expertise of Alvarez who was instrumental in landmark environmental legislation such as the Clean Air Act, the Sustainable Forest Management Act, the Solid Waste Management Act, the Clean Water Act, and the reduction of lead in locally available gasoline.

The local NGOs which made their respective appeals for Alvarez's appointment include the People's Task Force for Bases Clean Up, Recycling Movement of the Philippines Foundation, Sustainable Ecosystems Foundation, A Billion Trees Foundation, National Committee on Urban Pest Control, Coalition for Consumer Protection and Welfare, National Social Action, Archipelago Ecosystem Development Foundation, Council of Agricultural Producers, DZRH Operation Tulong, Movement for a Clean and Green Philippines, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Employees Union. …