To further improve the quality of services, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through  the Strategic Communication and Initiatives Services - Stakeholder Management and Conflict Resolution Division (SCIS-SMCRD), conducted a three-day Assessment and Planning Workshop on DENR Youth Programs for calendar year 2016-2017 at San Timberland Sports and Nature Club,  San Mateo, Rizal last March 07-09, 2017.  It was attended by the youth desk officers and coordinators of the different regions, with the workshop design crafted for the benefit of all the YDO’s. 

The workshop imparted information on abilities and standpoints to heighten dissemination of  information, strengthen communication and education  (IEC)  campaigns about various environmentally-sustainable practices; proper and effective platforms and strategies,  and to recognize the appropriate development and participatory activities of the youth.

Ms. Julie Ibuan, Chief of SCIS-SMCRD welcomed all the participants while Ms. Emerita Jose, DMO III gave the objectives of the expected outputs of the workshop as follows : to assess the current DENR or youth environmental programs and come up with action plan/work program for 2017 and set priority youth programs for CY 2017.

The National Youth Commission (NYC) Undersecretary Cariza “Aiza” Y. Seguerra represented by the Commissioner-at-large, Commissioner Paul Anthony M. Pangilinan emphasized the importance of the cooperation and/or active participation of the different agencies and departments of the government like DENR in achieving the Philippine Youth Development Plan for 2017 to 2022, the various programs of NYC for the Filipino Youth, and the need to strengthen youth programs for a more dynamic involvement of youth in this day and age.  He strongly said “let’s work together and continue to empower youth – the agents for development and change.”

          Ms. Ma. Cristina A. Francisco, Section Chief of Environmental Education and Information Division of EMB (EIID-EMB), discussed the Environmental Education: The National and ASEAN Perspective and Initiatives 2014-2018 on the following topics : the National Environmental Awareness and Education Law of 2008; the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainable Development 2014-2018, the Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), the National Environmental Education Action Plan for Sustainable, 2014-2018.