Okada cancels 130,000 balloon drop, DENR welcomes voluntary decision



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Manila, Philippines - Amid criticisms from public, Okada Manila has cancelled an event plan to drop 130, 000 balloons at Cove Manila for New Years Eve celebration.

The casino resort operator made the announcement on Sunday after receiving criticisms that its event might cause environmental harm and generate a lot of waste.



In a statement, Okada Manila said it had voluntarily decided to cancel the balloon drop event "as a sign of respect to the DENR's recommendation and in support of the Government's campaign to protect and save the environment."

On Monday, the DENR also welcomed the decision of the Okada Manila to call off its plan to break the world record for the largest balloon drop, as it celebrates the New Year’s Eve.

“Kami naman ay natutuwa at nirerecognize din natin ‘yung pag-heed doon sa public call na ipatigil ‘yung balloon drop at medyo naiwasan natin ‘yung pag-generate ng waste na talagang maaaring makasira ng ating kapaligiran,” DENR Undersecretary for Environment and International Environment Affairs Jonas Leones said in an interview over dzBB.

Meanwhile, Leones said that should the event pushes through, DENR would “strictly monitor” it even it was held in a private area.



“Ang plano natin kung hindi natin mapapatigil, talagang we will be monitoring closely and we will see if there will be violations,” the DENR official said



Source: Inquirer






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