Ecological youth camp for environment month celebration in Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 June 2014 11:33

In celebration of the Coral Triangle Initiative Day and World Environment Month, the Office of Tawi-Tawi Congresswoman Ruby M. Sahali, under the R.U.B.Y. GIVES BACK PROGRAM, together with the Office of Governor Nurbert M. Sahali, WWF Philippines under the leadership of Dr. Filemon G. Romero, MSU-TCTO under Chancellor Lorenzo R. Reyes, Tawi-Tawi Divers Club under Engr. Rosendo R. Reyes, TMRDFI under Dr. Jumelita B. Romero  and Alpha Sigma Phi Lupah Tawi-Tawi Alumni Association, Kilusan ng Kabataan para sa Kalikasan, ECOFISH Project,   I LOVE THE OCEAN MOVEMENT and Youth 4 Nature, an Ecological Youth Camp was held at the Sandbar Lepa Resort on June 21-22.

A total of 80 participants joined from the different secondary schools in Bongao, Panglima Sugala and Tandubas.  They were chosen from among the Grades 7 and 8 by the different principals.  The two day learning and playing experience had the following objectives: to provide the youth from Grades 7 and 8 from the different highs schools of Bongao, Panglima Sugala and Tandubas the opportunity to appreciate and understand the coastal ecosystems and their living and non-living components; to raise awareness among the youth of the threats that affect these ecosystems which includes global warming and climate change; and to generate some positive actions what they as youth of Tawi-Tawi can do to contribute to environmental protection and management.

The Camp Director was Dr. Filemon G. Romero, Consultant of WWF Philippines and Professor Emeritus of MSU-TCTO.  He is also the Chairman of the Alpha Sigma Phi Lupah Tawi-Tawi Alumni Association.  Assisting him was Ms. Madznee Sarahadil, Tawi-Tawi Field Coordinator of the ECOFISH and also Secretary of the ASP Lupah Tawi Tawi Alumni association. The resource persons of the Eco-Camp were Dr. Filemon G. Romero, Dr. Zayda B. Halun, Prof. Ernesto Baird, Ms. Imbraida Mohammad, Ms Diana Amilasan of the Philippine Red Cross who gave demonstration of First Aid.  The Camp Facilitators were from the Coastal Resource Management Staff of MSU, Akkil Injani, Alpha Jimlan, Edjar Puhagan. Abdushakur Ingco, Olivier John Romero and Phil Monsour Romero.

Medzfar Sarahadil, a participant from the I love the Ocean, said aside from learning about seagrass and mangrove ecosystems and climate change, one of the most memorabloe was when we were given orientation on the proper use of the mask and snorkel and were taught by Dr.Filemon Romero, how to properly plant coral fragments which were broken  by dynamite and tie them to the coral nursery units (CNUs).  At the end of the camp, the youth made a commitment to love nature and help protect the environment through their respective ogranizations.