ROXAS City – The city government not participating in the Earth Hour surprised locals.
Electric lights illuminated the city hall between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, contrasting the nearby provincial capitol, which was basked in darkness.
City-owned lamp posts along major streets and city landmarks, like the museum and the President Manuel Roxas statue at the plaza, were also lit at the time.
Some residents called out the city government for not showing care for the environment by participating in the annual tradition, which is not only observed in the country but also other parts of the world.
Carmencita Tan of Barangay Punta Tabuc said she turned off her house lights during the Earth Hour but “did not expect that the city government did not bother support the Earth Hour.”
City General Services Officer Glenn Amane said he and all other department heads did not receive any order regarding the Earth Hour observance.
“The order must come from the higher [officials]. Once downloaded to us, we will just follow,” Amane told Panay News.
Earth Hour began in 2007 as a single city initiative in Sydney, Australia. It has grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 7,000 cities and towns in 178 countries and territories across every continent switching off their lights, creating history as the world’s greatest environmental action./PN