In line with the celebration of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week and the National Day for Youth in Climate Action, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources RO1 through its communication arm, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group has recently conducted communication, education, and public awareness (CEPA) campaign at Bonuan Boquig National High School in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on November 22, 2022 and Barangay Casilagan, San Juan, La Union on November 24, 2022.
The National Climate Change Consciousness Week is celebrated on November 19-25 of every year pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667, series of 2008. This year’s theme is “Sama-samang Tumutugon sa Hamon ng Nagbabagong Klima” which aims to create awareness on global warming and climate change by pursuing broad and intensive public information and education campaign to secure the collective cooperation of private and public sectors at all levels to finding solutions to this concern.
Whereas, the National Day Youth in Climate Action is celebrated every November 25 pursuant to proclamation No. 1160.
The Bonuan Boquig National High School is the recipient of the World’s Best School Awards in the Environmental Action category of a global education organization called T4 Education.
Fifty (50) high school students of BBNHS actively participated in the environmental lecture. Sir Vincent Jun Chiu from Pangasinan Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office discussed climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. Dagupan City being vulnerable to geohazard disasters such as tsunami, storm surge, flood, typhoon, and earthquake, Sir Chiu focused his lecture on how the students can prepare for such disasters.
Information Officer 1, Jenny Pugal of RSCIG and EMS I Angelica S. Esteban of CENRO Central Pangasinan discussed the mangroves ecology and its role in flood mitigation along with other vegetations.
Ms. Jeremiah Tan of Pangasinan Youth for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management discussed the role of youth in mitigating climate change and shared some of the environmental activities of their organization.
On November 24, 2022, RSCIG with EMB and the La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office gave an environmental lecture at Barangay Casilagan in San Juan, La Union.
Barangay Casilagan is a model barangay on solid waste management. The barangay is known for their remarkable projects for the environment such as “shoot that kalat”, “palit basura”, and the tulips garden made out of recycled pet bottles.
Resource speakers from EMB and La Union Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office engaged the barangay councils, as well as the barangay communities in an environmental lecture on climate change and disaster risk reduction and management. Sir Renato Nisperos of EMB discussed the climate change whereas Information Officer I Jenny Pugal tackled ways on how private citizen can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Sir Marc Cabanban of La Union PDRRMO discussed ways on how the community can prepare for disasters such as typhoon, flood, and storm surge.