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As partner agency of the Department of Education (DepEd) in environmental awareness among students and in preparation for the opening of the school year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ilocos Region participated in the 2022 Brigada Eskwela through the conduct of environmental lecture dubbed as “Ligtas ang may Alam na Pagbabalik Eskwela” at Rimos National High School in Luna, La Union on August 26, 2022. Spearheaded by the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) and in coordination with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1, 105 senior students of the said school attended the environmental lecture which aims to equip students with relevant knowledge in the protection and conservation of the environment such as solid waste management, climate change, and other environmental laws as they go back to school after two (2) years of restrictions due to the pandemic.

Among the topics discussed were the role of youth in the environment and climate change by Information Officer II Zenaida Paday-os and salient features of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or RA 9003 and other environmental laws by Environmental Monitoring Officer Prince Jay Santiago. EMO Santiago also discussed the types and sources of solid waste, segregation at source, establishment of materials recovery facility (MRF), small scale composting in households and schools, and the roles of the local government unit in the implementation and enforcement of RA 9003.

On behalf of DENR-1 Regional Executive Director, Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo, Information Officer II Paday-os turned over IEC materials in the form of flyers, posters, and reading books to Principal Rodel Minano.

The Brigada Eskwela is a yearly activity in accordance with DepEd Order No. 34. With the theme, “Brigada Eskwela: Tugon sa Hamon ng Ligtas na Balik-Aral”, a week-long repair, maintenance, and cleanup activities of elementary and secondary schools are being conducted in preparation for the opening of classes. (RSCIG-JAP/ZLP)