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DENR: More youth participation in environmental protection

ILOILO CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 is looking forward to more youths joining in efforts for the protection and conservation of the environment.

“Our Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Ambassadors, despite their young minds, had helped us in our goal of protecting, maintaining the balance of our ecosystem, and gave us the pride of being one with us. We look forward to more youths joining their zeal for environmental protection,” said DENR Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran in an agency’s press report.

Duran also challenged other youths to transform themselves, feed their minds with ideas on how to help our Earth and prove that they are the hope of the future generations.

The ENR Ambassadors serve as partners and force multipliers of DENR in changing the behavior of the people towards environmental stewardship. They were endorsed by their school/organization heads and were verified by the Provincial ENR Office’s Information Officers (IOs).

Despite their busy schedules with their school activities and household chores, the ENR Ambassadors from the different provinces of the region are initiating activities to make an impact on safeguarding the environment and proved that they are the future of our Fatherland, according to DENR 6.

In the province of Aklan, the ENR Ambassadors joined the conduct of Dalaw Turo session of the Provincial ENR Office-Aklan. These series of orientation-lectures, video presentations, drawing, cheers and yells, and environmental games were done and participated in by selected youths and students aimed at increasing their level of awareness on Biodiversity, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Solid Waste Management and the importance of the environment.

ENR Ambassadors Antique conducted a one-day culminating workshop entitled: Leaders of Today Culminating Workshop. They also conducted a coastal clean-up and joined the Cave Month Celebration last April. During the coastal clean-up,

they distributed informative flyers they made entitled “Pag-Amlig sa Atun Baybay” to spread awareness and encourage the community to help protect the seas.  

For the province of Capiz ENR Ambassadors, they presented various tips to help protect the environment through infographics they designed. These include planting trees, volunteering for environment projects, conserving water, observing the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), bike more, and many other environmentally sustainable activities.

Meanwhile, the ENR Ambassadors from the province of Guimaras joined the conduct of the PENRO’s Dalaw Turo at the Jordan National High School, Nueva Valencia National High School, and Buenavista National High School, where they meet the mascots of Taklong Island National Marine Reserve (TINMR) namely: “Paw-paw” the Pawikan and “Ban-ban” the Banagan, Guimaras’ flagship species.

The ENR Ambassadors Iloilo had conducted lectures on salient features of Solid Waste Management (ESWM) at Estancia National High School, highlighting the roles of an individual in environmental protection. The lectures were also made enjoyable with environmental games and trivia questions prepared by the ENR Ambassadors.

ENR Ambassador Negros Occidental rolled-out the Project HAKOT (Having Awareness and Knowledge of the Territory) spearheaded by the Hope Builders Organization Negros Island, Inc (HBONI). It is an informative drive campaign focusing on providing seminars to swine herds of Brgy. San Pablo, Manapla, Negros Occidental to raise awareness on how to properly dispose their pig wastes. (AAL/LAF/PIA6 Iloilo/DENR)

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