Priest named GAIA Earth awardee

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MANILA, April 17, 2016— An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines will be one of the the recipients of the GAIA Awards at this year’s Earth Day Jam.

The Earth Day Foundation, Inc., has chosen Caritas Philippines executive secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez as among its “environmental heroes” for his “efforts in environmental movement among other achievements.”

Jesuit-run Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City had just hailed the priest an environmental hero last month.

“I am honored personally, but I accept this award to further pursue the causes that we are promoting in order to protect our common home – our struggle against mining, coal fired power plants, pursuing ecological justice, etc.,” said Gariguez, who is known for his anti-mining advocacy and for protecting the rights of Mindoro’s Mangyans.

He said the award is just another opportunity to remind the youth that the environmental agenda should be made part of people’s criteria when choosing whom to vote for this coming elections.

“We need to have leaders that are willing to take on the issue of ecological justice and sustainability! This is something lacking in the whole electoral agenda,” added Gariguez.

The award will be given during this year’s Earth Day Jam at the SM by the Bay of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Aug. 23.

Earth Day Jam is the country’s biggest and longest, free music tribute to promote care for the earth. (R. Lagarde / CBCPNews)

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