Connecting Youth Leaders with Climate for Change

Climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of our times. And with an increasingly young global population, it is the youth who, by default, are the most vulnerable and directly concerned by the threats of climate change.

To address this alarming climate crises, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA), in partnership with the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s volunteer arm, “Pilipinas Natin”(PN) have organized the first(1st) youth congress dubbed as “The Climate Change Youth Congress” in Baguio City on November 27-30, 2014.

The programme is the biggest gathering of youth leaders from north and central Luzon in which some 660 students were engaged in new forms of action and activism that will generate effective responses to ecological challenges.

Along with the Climate Change advocacy campaign theme: “Nagbabago na ang Panahon, Panahon na para Magbago”, the participants were united into environmental activities that empowering the role of Filipino youth as protectors and as young environmental leaders who are committed to sustainable development. They were provided with first hand and nature experiences like climbing into a mountain, walking alongside the river, collecting different leaves specimen,   mass bathing in a fire truck water, jointly eating with bare hands as well as dancing and chanting lyrics in a bon fire together.

Planting trees in the vicinity of Mt. Sto. Thomas Water Reservoir in Cabuyao Mountain were likewise conducted in support of the National Greening Program.

“These nature experiences moved us from the level of awareness to a level where we seek for solutions and thru these, we now understand perhaps our important involvement in creating change”, Erwin G. Cruz, 3rd  year accountancy student from University of Luzon, Dagupan City said.

Furthermore, the event made use of social media in providing real-time information from among the participants urging them to broadcast to the world the ill-effects of Climate Change and the need to step up a collective action for environment justice. Thus DENR-CAR Regional Director Paquito Moreno stressed in his message “I believe that Filipino youth can make a difference in the life of our nation and the key to the unbridled exploitation of Climate Change. Let your voice be heard”.

Through their participation in the Climate Change Youth Congress, young people recently demonstrated that they are capable in decision-making and willing to act and be involved to effect real and positive change. Giving them confidence to say- “There is nothing we can lose by being involved”. (Joy Princess S. Aquino-RPAO)

Photo Releases

Resource Speakers from the DENR-led by RD Samuel R. Peńafiel and PIA-Director General Jose Mari Oquińena had a healthy discussion with the media about the Climate Change advocacy campaign and other environmental-related issues. Also in the panel as Speakers are RD Joel Salvador of EMB (2nd from left), RD Carlos Tayag of MGB (extreme right) and RTD Barbara Pernia of the Forest Management Service

RD Samuel Peńafiel explained about the Climate Change Advocacy Campaign as he is being interview by Ms. Joyce Segui of GMA Network

Representatives of various government agencies including the Phil. National Red Cross  waded through muds and waters going to the planting site just to participate in mangrove planting activities as part of the Climate Change advocacy launch

A short ceremonial program was held at Parian Este, Bauang La Union to mark the launching through mangrove planting at Parian Oeste. The program was graced by Hon. Mayor Clarence De Guzman with DENR-RD Samuel Peńafiel and PIA-DG Oquińena and other key officials of the DENR and PIA.  Students of the Don Eulogio De Guzman Memorial National High School gave color to the event with different presentations.  One of the highlight of the event is the Signing of Commitment to spread the advocacy on Climate Change

RTD Ydia emphasizes the importance of titled lands to spur economic growth, during the handog titulo in Bangar, La Union

Handog Titulo Awardees pose with RTD Manny Ydia, PENRO Sam Songcuan, Vice Mayor Dabalos and Sangguniang Bayan of Bangar, La Union

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DENR CONDUCTED SEMINAR ON MANUAL OF STYLES.  The said seminar was conducted in order to guide the staff in using a standard format in the preparation of MS Powerpoint presentation. Above photo shows Regional Technical Director Nelson V. Gorospe of the Ecosystems Research and Development Service (ERDS) giving helpful tips to participants composed of Technical and Support Staff from the Regional including PENROs and CENROs. The training was conducted on October 8, 2014 at the Social Hall, DENR Bldg. San Fernando, La Union. (E.E.Patrimonio)

PULONG-PULONG ON THE CADASTRAL SURVEY PROJECT AT VILLASIS, PANGASINAN CONDUCTED.  Eng’r. Whitney Valdez of the Lands Management Service presents the  result of the Political Boundary survey conducted by the DENR-Lands Management in the said municipality which resulted in the confirmation of all 21 Brgys. Chairmen with the results of the executed survey. The meeting was conducted on October 13, 2014 and held at the Municipal Hall of Villasis and attended by LGU officials and Eng’r. Rommel Antonio, the Contractor including representatives of the Regional Office and CENRO Urdaneta. (E.E. Patrimonio)

DENR-CENRO Tagudin marked the Celebration of the Civil Service Month Anniversary through Awarding of Certificates and Plaques to Deserving employees as well as NGP (National Greening Program) Partners. Photo shows PENRO Benjie Abucay as he awards the Plaque of Recognition to Mr. Romulo Apusen as Best NGP Partner for 2012 Plantation located at Pidpid, Sta. Cruz.  The event was held on September 29, 2014 at Mountain Eco-Resort, Man-atong, Suyo, Ilocos Sur (E.E. Patrimonio)

Guests, media representatives, LGUs , GOs viewing the newly-opened Windmill Project of the Northern Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation at Brgy. Caparispisan , Pagudlud, Ilocos Norte

DENR and PIA, in partnership with Pilipinas Natin, bring together the youth leaders from north and central Luzon for the 1st Kalikasan Youth Leaders Congress in Baguio City on November 28-30, 2014.

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