TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Sept 5 (PIA) –Three government agencies in collaboration with Boholano sectors successfully conducted its billed “Lima Para sa Kalikasan:” a five activities in one day in Ubay last Friday.
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Education (DepED) implemented Lima Para sa Kalikasan to jumpstart the implementation of environmental projects that could insulate communities from the adverse effects of climate change.
The activities include Lakbay Kaalaman para sa Kalikasan: an environment themed guided tour across Bohol from Tagbilaran to Ubay joined by media partners: Bohol Tri-Media Association (BTMA) and the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO Bohol).
The PIA in Bohol handled the environment themed guided tour, which was sponsored by Congressman Rene Relampagos’ environment advocacy program.
In Ubay town, student writers from 19 schools of Bohol District 2 and 3 urged by the DepED gathered at the town gymnasium for the Likas Kakayahan, Arugaan Para sa Kalikasan: a student writers for the environment write-shop in feature writing, photojournalism and junior broadcasting handled by mainstream media personalities: Ric Obedencio (Freeman), Ferliza Contratista (Sunstar/Freeman) and Rey Anthony Chiu (PIA/Freelance photographer). Edward Guyano, (Lady Charity of DyTR) emceed the events.
We wish to enlist new blood in the environmental advocacy and what a better way to get through the students than nurturing their writing skills for environmental reportage, claimed the PIA, even organizer.
And to fill the student writers with the necessary content for the writeshops, even organizers put in environment briefings delivered by passionate Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Elpidio Palaca who discussed the possible effects of Climate Change to Bohol.
At the forum, student writers also listened to the mulled Modelong Bayan, Nagbabagong Panahon Pinaghahandaan: a provincewide search for the best implementing local government in projects that impact climate change mitigation and insulate communities against the ill effects of the changing climate.
Moreover, to get the student writers into the rut of environmental advocacy, organizers brought the writeshop participants to the hills of Calanggaman, where a goal of planting 1000 trees in 30 minutes was held.
That day, about 180 student writers, teachers, foreign volunteers and local officials including the PIA and DENR succeeded in planting close to 2,000 trees in 30 minutes.
A billboard with “LakasLikasan: Puno-an” a climate change tree planting branding would soon rise on the over two hectare tree planting site apportioned for Municipality of Ubay, and tree planting activity partner.
Also helping the tree planting project were Congressman Aristotle Aumentado, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines and the local government of Calanggaman and Ubay town.
As the tree-planting activity happened, members of the Ubay Central Elementary School urged the volunteers to do their share in insulating communities by ceasing to stop drum-beating, until the last seedling was planted.
By lunchtime, more and more environmental inputs came to the student writer’s way with at least three environment films screened and rolling as lunch was served in “Isang Hapag, Isang Bayan-anihan: a solidarity luncheon with volunteers.
And just as lunch was served in styro-packs, volunteers made sure every plastic pack was tucked neatly for proper disposal and free the environment from litter and non-biodegradable trash.
Partners with the activity also include Congressman Arthur Yap, Provincial Government of Bohol, PIA-Cebu and Regional Office, BTMA and AUDIO Bohol. (RAC/PIABohol)