DENR-1 with through its field unit, PENRO Pangasinan in Dagupan City hosted the department’s participation during the 6th National Scout Venture Camp in the Capitol Grounds in Lingayen, Pangasinan on May 5-8, 2014.

This year’s theme on “Scouting for Environment” was highlighted through the establishment of series of DENR booths within the Camp’s Global Development Village in the sprawling beach area of the Provincial Capitol Grounds.

More than a thousand male and female scouts were served through short lectures, orientation of DENR programs, projects and activities, video presentations and distribution of IEC materials in the installed booths of the regional and central office.

Boy Scout Councils from the far North in Isabela and that of Central Luzon such as Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, NCR and southern Luzon (Laguna) to Visayas (Ilo-ilo) to Mindanao trooped to the booths to learn something about the environment.

Through the short lectures on NGP, the scouts were urged to plant and ensure to that these are maintained and protected, otherwise it will be a useless endeavor. As a manifestation of their interest and enthusiasm, the scouts asked questions, i.e. what suitable species to be planted, standard size of seedling to be planted for their tree planting activities within the schools and in the communities and where to source out seedlings. They also expressed their interest to take part in the tree planting activities under the NGP if given the opportunity.

The activity was also an opportunity to promote the Protected Areas (PAs) of the region as eco-tourism sites such as the Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL) in Mangatarem, Pangasinan, Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City and Kalbario Patapat in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. They were briefed that in visiting these PAs and promoting these to their friends, family, schoolmates will enable them to help and contribute to environmental protection since the entrance fees that will be generated will be plowed back to the conservation of these PAs.

Videos presented on the Best Practices of CBFM in region 1 on Duhat wine-making in Bugallon, Pangasinan, Ginger tea-making of Kinapian, Suyo, Ilocos Sur and the Ambagatan Agroforestry in Santol, La Union including those on Philippine biodiversity conservation and “Alitaptap and Ozzy Ozone” on global warming were appreciated by the scouts. They were particularly interested for the success on entrepreneurship in Duhat Wine Production and requested e-copy of this video from the facilitators. They also expressed interest and curious of buying sample of duhat wine produced by the PO from market outlets.

Based on interview with scouts after the presentations, they became more aware on environmental conservation particularly on the importance of tree planting as one of the ways to arrest global warming, conservation of biodiversity which includes wildlife species especially the endangered ones.

The Regional Office established three (3) booths within the Global Development Village which include DENR-1 as spearheaded by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB). The designated Youth Desk Officers (YDOs) managed the booths and facilitated the orientation. The Central Office through its Special Concerns Office and its bureaus installed four (4) booths which include the Biodiversity Management, Land Management and Ecosystems Research and Management. In line with the celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) this May, a special booth was set up under the BMB.

The existing nipa huts within the beachfront areas of the Lingayen Gulf served as booths which the DENR have enhanced these with tarpaulin displays showcasing the different programs and activities of the department, equipped them with large TV screens and interactive TV for viewing of the DENR website. Likewise, IEC materials such as flyers, brochures and fans were distributed to the participating scouts.

           The DENR participation to the Scout Venture Camp was coordinated and facilitated by the Special Concerns Office through its Youth Desk Officer (YDO) Ms. Ma. Magnolia Danganan.