Ministry of Home Affairs going green

Hakim Hayat

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) launched its green campaign yesterday, in line with the vision of the Green Protocol Guideline released by Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change (BNCCC) in January 30.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong launched the initiative at BIBD Connects, Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas in the capital.

The Green Protocol is aimed at implementing Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) by underlining green practice opportunities in daily operations, such as energy and water, waste management and paper usage and pushing for green practices at national events and tree management in government projects.

The highlights of the Green Protocol are making government premises plastic bottle free zones and the planting of 26,000 trees by the end of the year.

Year-long cleaning and green activities will be carried out by the ministry across the country.

Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong watering a sapling at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex. PHOTOS: SIM YH
Legislative Council members planting saplings at Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex.

According to a MoHA press release, district offices and municipal departments will organise activities under their jurisdictions such as tree planting, landscaping, waste management and disposal, and drain cleaning.

The event yesterday also saw the launch of a tree planting event hosted by the Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) Municipal Department.

There was also a cleaning campaign joined by landlords and tenants of buildings along Jalan Roberts and its surrounding areas.

MoHA said the campaign supports the goals of BSB Municipal Department’s plans to develop the capital as a City in a Garden with clean and pollution-free environment.

Among the activities yesterday were the planting of flowers and the cleaning of Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex, Jalan Pemancha, Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) building, Jalan Roberts, Jalan McArthur and Jalan Residency.