Department of Environment Sarawak Director Hamzah Mohamad (seated centre) with Vice President (Health, Security and Environment -HSSE) Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) Marconi Madai (seated sec ond left) and Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) Sarawak Senior Assistant Controller Rahman Biak (seated second right) having a group photograph with participants of the Save Ozone Virtual Ride, HASN Virtual Run 2020 and DoE staffs at the reception. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Department of Environment in collaboration with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) had organised several impactful programmes in conjunction with the World Ozone Day celebration and the state-level Environmental Celebration.

Sarawak Department of Environment director Hamzah Mohamad said, the programme was not only to promote a sustainable lifestyle but also provides exposure on the importance of preserving the ozone layer.

“Among the programme implemented this year, include the Ozone Layer Protection Programme and Family Wellbeing in collaboration with the Sarawak Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN) at the Kampung Beladin community hall on Sept 27.

“This program also continued with the ‘Save Ozone Virtual Ride’ event which is a 50km cycling activity in virtual or reality with the cooperation of SEB,” he said.

He said this Save Ozone Virtual Ride opening ceremony in conjunction with the World Ozone Day Celebration and Enviro Virtual Run in conjunction with the National Environment Day celebration at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) today.

According to Hamzah, the cycling activities were participated by a total of 80 participants in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the authorities.

Meanwhile, for the National Environment Day Run (HASN Virtual Run) event, it involved the participation of 100 participants.

“We also held other activities such as the collection of electrical and electronic goods in collaboration with GVE Starategic Waste Sdn Bhd in Metrocity Matang on Oct 3, followed by the Institute of Teacher Education Tun Abdul Razak Campus (IPGTAR) on Oct 31 and for Bintulu Division Nov 7 and 8.

“Besides that, we are also collaborating with Syarikat Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd in organising several other competitions such as radio quiz competition, colouring competition for kindergarten students and many more,” he added.

According to Hamzah, with the implementation of such a programme, it is hoped to increase public awareness on the importance of environmental care for the common good.

He also called on all participants to play their respective roles and be more committed in preserving the environment to reduce the use of items that contain ozone-destroying substances, especially in the state.

Also present were SEB vice president of health, safety and environment, Marconi Madai.