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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, March 28, 2020

EARTH HOUR LIVE STREAMS TODAY
‘Heal the Earth... and its People’

For the first time since it was started in Sydney, Australia in 2008, Earth Hour will be observed minus huge crowds across continents that attended the day's activities leading up to the main event – the switching off of lights for an hour starting 8:30 p.m.

Earth Hour, initiated by World Wide Fund and is being observed today, engages individuals, businesses, industries and communities to switch non-essential electrical lights off for an hour. It hopes to further create global awareness of sustainability.

In the light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, WWF-Australia, prime mover of the celebration, said it is observing Earth Hour “little differently”.

WWF is relying on the social media through live streaming to continue marking the global event, particularly in response to the call for physical distancing amid the coronavirus crisis.

“Join us to #SwitchOff and celebrate the most important Earth Hour from the comfort of your home,” it said, adding: We’ll be live streaming music acts and heaps more for you to watch in the dark right on our page – we go live, right to you, from 8:30 p.m. AEDT.

#EarthHourLive will be kicking off and hosted by award winning journalist, TV presenter and broadcaster extraordinaire Patrick Abboud.

He’ll be joined by a talented lineup of Aussie artists, comedians and special guests including Jack River, Polish Club, Bobby Alu, Ella Arber, Dulcie and Alice Skye, among others, WWF continued.

Local Appeal

In Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, both active Earth Hour participants through the years, today’s observance also goes digital.

The Earth Hour Negros Occidental - Philippines Gore Group, through its convenor, Ratty Valvo, issued the following statement for today’s observance:

“In behalf of EARTH HOUR - NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PHILIPPINES Core Group let us join together and celebrate our 12th year of active participation in this worldwide event.

“While the country observes ‘social distancing’ and other measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease, WWF-Philippines is urging Filipinos to still “help our planet recover from the inside of your homes, and be mindful of the impact you have, not just on the environment, but also on your fellow living beings.”

Visit www.earthhour.org to find out what is happening for Earth Hour in locations around the world. Be a part of shaping history by raising your Voice for the Planet, and take part in WWF-Philippines’ #ChangeTheEnding campaign. Learn more about how our projects are helping change the ending at wwf.org.ph.

“For those taking part in this year's Earth Hour 2020 activities, WWF-Philippines is requesting for content to be shared using the #EarthHourPH2020, #Connect2Earth, and #ChangeTheEnding hashtags.”

‘Heal the Earth’

Negrenses and other Filipinos turned to candles for their source of light when they turned power off for 60 minutes.

Today, the candle serves a more urgent and significant purpose – as a symbol of prayer not just for the protection of the planet, local Earth Hour followers say, “but more so, for the healing of Earth and its people.”*

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AFP, PNP MEMBERS’ THOUGHTS
What My Job Means to Me Today

The Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines have expanded its traditional functions toward a bigger and more challenging role as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads in the country.

STARLIFE asked some AFP and PNP members how they perceive the new and apparently difficult challenges they are facing at work today.

Below are their responses in random interviews conducted by DAILY STAR reporter Shiela Gellera.

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As a law enforcement officer, it is my pleasure to have this job and to serve the society for eight years now. Much more proud and happy that my service, to protect and secure the safety of our nation and its people, is needed by my country now as it is experiencing crisis. - John Paul, lockdown policeman

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Being a policeman at this time, I am proud to be part and considered as a frontliner. That is a true and dedicated public servant, but at the same time, I am anxious because at the back of my mind it is not the normal operation and task that we are always facing. We are not trained to face this kind of war. We do not worry about ourselves but rather worried about our families. It will not be the normal situation anymore after we finish our tour of duty when we get home for we are anguish and uncertain if we got infected or not. Nevertheless, as a public servant we will continue to do our duty to serve and protect and handang ihandog ang iisang buhay for our country and our countrymen. - Tiger, highway patrol group

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Being a soldier today calls me to be more relevant to the people and the community I serve. The current conditions require me to be innovative, imaginative, flexible and adaptive in the performance of my job in order to effectively address this challenging times. Our enemies today come in different and unexpected forms, thus, the Armed Forces of the Philippines engage them in traditional and non-traditional warfare using new strategies and tactics. As a soldier, I will continue to uphold our time honored principle of “Serving the People and Securing the State” and I can assure that you can count on us. - Eagle, soldier

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It means sworn duty to protect the people and country over your own self and family interest. In these trying times of the country as it faced the threat of COVID-19, I, too, have difficulty because being assigned as a frontliner, I have to explain to my family and to my 5-year-old daughter that I will distance myself from them for safety reasons. However as the health crisis continues they have understood and accepted the reality that a police officer is not an easy profession at all and I have to sacrifice for the safety of everybody. - Sir Captain, police officer

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My job is a big help for me and for my family. I am thankful that I was able to enter the Philippine National Police organization because it helps me provide for the needs of my family. Aside from that, I am living now my dream of apprehending the bad guys and law violators and to make our place peaceful. - Tango, police officer

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Being assigned now at the border check-up point because of COVID-19, I am proud of my job as a police officer. If some are at their house, we the frontliners are out, dealing with different kinds of people from all walks of life, that at times, we wonder whether they have the virus or not. The feeling is like I am a superman with no cape. But risking our lives for the Filipino people is part of our mandate. And I am blessed to still be alive and serving and will continue to do so. - Charles, police officer*

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