IFSU and DENR EMB-CAR launch Pilot Environmental Youth Program

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau through the Provincial Environmental Unit -Ifugao has chosen IFSU to pilot its Environmental Protection and Management Program for the academe sector.

The university was chosen through the initiative of Ms. Susan Ruth Nisperos- Nool, In-charge, PEMU -Ifugao and the Project Leader.

On December 4-5, 2017 a Youth Leadership Seminar for Environmental Management was conducted by DENR-EMB CAR held at the Library of IFSU, Main Campus.

The two-day seminar was participated by sixty (60) student leaders from seven (7) Student Organizations in the Main Campus. The activity aimed to intensify environmental awareness and produce more environmental advocates through the young student leaders. During the opening of the seminar, inspiring and thought-provoking messages awakened the participants.

“As we are experiencing now, nature is striking us back… the main reason is peoples’ ignorance and environmental awareness,” said Ms. Emilia Agnit, Supervising Environmental Specialist, DENR – PEMU.

Agnit expressed her gratefulness and commended the students because at their young age. They have trainings towards becoming responsible warriors of the environment.

She further challenged the participants not just to limit their ability to student-leadership but to extend influence for environmental advocacy.

In addition, Engr. George Dean Baywong, OIC, CENRO Ifugao shared his advice. “As young leaders and future professionals, always put in [your] heart the joy to serve with positive impact- care for yourself, for other people and for the environment.”

Highlights of the first day of the seminar included slogan-making, poster-making and essay writing contest.

General themes for the respective categories focused on environmental management campaign.

Specifically, the goal of the poster-making is to portray the before-current-future scenario of our environment.

On the other hand, the essay writing category focused on the question: “How would you help campaign on solid waste management in your community?”

Outputs of each group were judged by facilitators; prizes were given away for the winners.

According to Ms. Nool, outputs of slogan and poster will be brought to DENR- EMB Regional office for presentation. Selected masterpiece will be published as an information education campaign (IEC) material.

On the second day, further lectures were delivered. Topics on solid waste management were discussed highlighting on the youth’s role in today’s environmental challenges.

A role play on solving environmental issues incorporating the different government and nongovernment stakeholders was also conducted. The portrayals focused on the importance of environmental education to every  individual–young and old.

In conclusion, Ms. Nool encouraged the participants to become active environmental advocates.

“Even when we feel we are a few, small but cumulative actions bring positive impact to our own institution,” Ms. Nool challenged to the participants.

# Mae P. Lunag

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