Statement of the Commission on Human Rights welcoming the green initiative partnership of the QC local government and QC Police District

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights welcoming the green initiative partnership of the QC local government and QC Police District

The Commission on Human Rights commends the first-ever green camp in Metro Manila, through the “Project Green Camp Karingal” of the Quezon City (QC) local government and the QC Police District (QCPD). This partnership envisions to promote environment-friendly workspaces amongst other police districts.

During the launch of the partnership in Camp Karingal, QC Mayor Joy Belmonte highlighted the overall goal to shift towards a green, resilient and sustainable city under the local government’s “One Million Trees Initiative.” This is the first ever green camp in the Philippines where 166 “green cops” pledged to sustain a clean environment and conserve nature.

It must be noted that Camp Karingal has already established urban gardens, maintained a proper waste segregation system, rainwater harvesting system, and also installed solar lights. The “One Million Trees Initiative” is a project spearheaded by the QC local government to partner with the private sector and various organisations to further preserve the environment.

The Commission fully supports this partnership between the QC local government and the QCPD as it demonstrates their full commitment towards actively taking an effort to address the climate crisis in the country.

Article II, Section 16 of the Constitution provides that “[t]he State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature.” It is, therefore, incumbent upon the national and local government to draft relevant policies and campaigns which prioritise the protection and restoration of ecosystems in order to ensure holistic development amongst its citizens.

CHR is hopeful that the “Project Green Camp Karingal” will kickstart more initiatives across various localities which promote sustainability and environmental responsibility amongst duty-bearers. It is imperative that we commit to sustainable solutions in addressing climate change as the Philippines continues to bear the brunt of the consequences of this environmental crisis—especially for the most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and marginalised who are left disproportionately exposed from its effects.###