DEAR P.

 

This is by far the most honest letter I will ever write to you. By the time you read this, I don’t want to see you ever again.

I have already made up my mind and drawn my plans, and even your sweet gestures, persuasive as they are, cannot make me change my decision.

There’s really no easy way to say this, and I hate to break it to you this early, but … It’s not me, it’s you.

Yes, it’s not me, it’s you. I never told you this, but I became dependent on you, and I don’t like who I’ve become because of it.

I’m at a point in my life where I want my independence back. For a very long time, you have been with me every single step of the way — from the moment I wake up in the morning and brush my teeth, to when I switch off the lights to sleep.

You have been loyal to me, but this relationship isn’t working any longer. I don’t want to be dependent on you for anything anymore.

It’s not me, it’s you. Don’t you know that you’ve created a toxic environment not just for me, but for others, too?

My relationship with you was unhealthy. It was damaging from the start, but I didn’t notice it.

But, now, you’ve revealed your true self. And as the years have unfolded, I’ve found myself caught up in a toxic cycle, choosing convenience over a healthy environment.

It’s not me, it’s you. You’re suffocating me by being everywhere, all the time — even when I am on the beach or a river cruise.

You have literally conquered my world, and I don’t like it. I need some space to change things, to breathe. Everyone needs a personal space, and you always have to respect it.

It’s not me, it’s you. You’re artificial. As I age, I want something more natural, reciprocal and sustainable that fits my evolving personality and lifestyle. I have different needs now, and to be frank—you really haven’t changed at all.

I know our relationship is not going anywhere. I am sorry. But I can’t see myself spending the rest of my life with you.

It’s not me, it’s you. We’re just not compatible. Your priorities and intentions in this world just don’t align with mine any longer. Sure, we both like colorful, durable and inexpensive stuff.

But these are just the things we have in common, nothing more. We don’t agree on roles and goals and in finding better ways of doing things, so I guess it’s okay to end things maturely and just move on.

This is my goodbye. I wish that things didn’t have to be this way, but you left me with no other choice.

As a wise wizard once said, “We must all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy.”

I think I am choosing the right and difficult path over the easy and convenient way.

P.S. Your friend Barbie was wrong when she said life with you is extraordinarily good. Sorry, P — I mean Plastic — but I realized, after picking you up a hundred times along the country’s shorelines, riverways and cliffs, that Barbie was talking trash.

Written by: Jyferson A. Villapa, 25, from Brooke’s Point, Palawan, is a Youth Coordinator and Communication Development Officer at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mimaropa.

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DENR apprehends driver transporting dead wildlife

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Puerto Princesa City, together with the Philippine National Police, apprehended today the driver of an unplated elf truck carrying dead marine turtles and pangolins while passing through a security checkpoint station in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes.

Officials of CENRO PPC's Regulation and Enforcement Unit assigned in the station identified the driver as Joshue A. Calinog, who was also found to have an unlicensed .38 caliber pistol.

Palawan’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo Cayatoc said Calinog was driving the truck loaded with 21 pangolins which scales were removed and then frozen; and 16 marine turtles (one green and 15 hawksbill), which intestinal parts were also removed and with only their heads and shells left intact. Pangolins and sea turtles are endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Authorities reported that the truck was from Roxas town. They have questioned Calinog but he had kept mum about the species. The driver was turned over to the police, while the wildlife species were brought to Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for proper documentation.

As this develops, DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Henry Adornado has instructed the PENRO and CENRO concerned to coordinate with the authorities for the immediate filing of appropriate charges against the offender in view of the provisions of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and other laws. He also instructed all regional and field personnel to be more vigilant and intensify monitoring operations to track down and prevent unscrupulous individuals or groups from harming nature and wildlife.

“It was clear from the President’s State of the Nation Address. Protection of the environment must be our top priority. It will be a long journey and we are certain we will face a lot of challenges ahead. But we are more than ready to heed the call. Strategic measures are already in place and we are closely working with other agencies to strictly implement environmental laws and improve our operations. We can assure the public that we, at the DENR, uphold the welfare of our environment and natural resources above all else,” he said. ###

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources celebrated its 31st founding anniversary at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (Amphitheater) on July 4, 2018.

Themed “Ikaw, ako, tayo ang kalikasan,” the celebration aims to remind everyone his/her own duty to protect the environment and conserve the natural resources.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s pronouncement in his third State of the Nation Address

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