TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, August 23, (PIA) – This Friday, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launches in Bohol its Climate Change mitigation activities with five –in one day activity in Ubay town.
The day would be top-billed by a Student Writers’ Congress for the Environment where school journalists specializing in feature, photojournalism and junior broadcasting would be in for a day of workshops, contests and series of environment briefings and hands on activities.
The activities are all in response to the recent disasters that hit the Philippines, which indicate that the adverse effects of climate change can’t just be belittled.
While campaigns for communities to be insulated from the effects of natural disasters have been ongoing in the past months, the campaign to get into the young leaders who may have to sustain the program for disaster resiliency has not been as formally instilled into the youth, according to the PIA and the DENR who had signed a joint memorandum to implement the programs to strengthen community participation in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The response is an effort to create awareness as well as engage communities in the task of nature nurture, PIA, co-organizer of the five in one activity said.
Five activities in the day include a media and information officers environment themed guided Tour Bohol from Tagbilaran to Ubay, billed as Lakbay Kalikasan handled by government guides who will be discussion inputs and would be interacting with media on environmental laws and controversies in the hope of compiling these issues for possible action.
In Ubay, the group arrives to the Student Writers for the Environment Congress and co-organized by the Department of Education and the DENR, where some 300 student writers are gathered with chaperon teachers, local government officials and employees.
During the opening program, a province-wide launching for the Lakas-Likasan (Best Environment Practices for Climate Change Adaptation) happens with local officials and the DENR officiating. Environment briefings on how Bohol could be affected by climate changes also happen.
After the launching, the entire group proceeds to a tree planting activity, where the goal is to plant 1000 trees in 30 minutes, an ambitious activity that would allow student writers the first-hand experience of environment care and climate change mitigation.
A unity and solidarity lunch while watching environment movies would be done inside the Ubay Gymnasium, which would be billed: Isang Hapag, isang bayan-anihan.
The afternoon activity opens with break-out sessions on Likas Kakayahan-Arugaan, the student writers writing skills enhancement sessions in feature writing, photo journalism and basic broadcasting themes for the advocacy on the environment.
The breakout sessions usher in hands on writing contests which outputs are automatically judged and awarded in the afternoon, according to organizers.
For this, student writers from all over Bohol, but most specifically from towns near Ubay are encouraged to attend. A registration of P40 per student participant would be collected to pay for the students refreshments. (RAC/PIABOHOL)