DENR-9 conducts symposia in Sibugay PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 00:00

As part of its intensified advocacy campaign for effective environmental protection and natural resources conservation program, the DENR-IX in coordination with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Dante A. Oporto has visited six (6) high schools in the municipalities of Ipil and Titay in the province of ZamboangaSibugay benefiting 1,033 students.

According to its Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable, this environmental symposium is being conducted regularly by the DENRís information arm in schools and communities which aims to educate and mobilize our citizenry in protecting, conserving and managing the environment and natural resources for the present and future generation.

The schools visited by the DENR this 3rd quarter were: Zamboanga Sibugay National High School, Aurelio Mendoza Memorial College, Titay National High School, Marian College, Sibugay Technical Institute, Inc., and Ipil National High School.

Resource speakers composed of information officers from the Regional Public Affairs Office, technical services and line bureaus educated thestudents-participants about the DENRís mandate, Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies, National Greening Program, Water and Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Discipline, Responsible Mining, Ecological Solid Waste Management and Disaster Risk Reduction.

The names of DENR officials from the Secretary down to field officials were also introduced to students for officialtransactions in the future concerning environmental protection and natural resources conservation.

As a gesture of support for Earth Care, ZamboangaSibugay National High School (ZSNHS) Principal Alberto Alavaren together with his Science Department Head Marlene Lao stated their intention to establish a two-hectare mangrove plantation along the coastal area of Barangay Pangi in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay wherein the newly-installed CENRO thereat Forester DionisioRago vowed to extend the needed technical assistance. Convinced by the communication strategies applied by DENR information officers during the symposium, all the rest of school heads also gave their respective commitments of support for nature conservation.

Each symposium was ended with a turn-over of latest edition of DENR-IX Newsletter ìRecursosNaturalesî and other library materialsto school head regarding thetopics presentedto students.

Meanwhile, around 80 officers and members of the Youth for Environment in Schools-Organization (YES-O)of ZSNHS weretrained by DENR-IX through DalawTuroSession for nature conservation program. The YES-O is the youth arm of both the DepED and the DENR to heighten pupilsí and studentsí participation and action towards environmental protection and conservation at the school level. As a co-curricular organization, it shall implement programs, projects and activities that address various environmental issues and concerns such as Global Warming, Climate Change Adaptation, Deforestation, Watershed Protection, Disaster Risk Reduction, among others. -- HAA/DENR-9