In line with the observance of the Earth day 2017, the National Power Corporation through the San Roque Watershed Area Team (SRWAT) conducted a symposium that bannered this years global Earth Day theme Environmental and Climate Literacy at Benguet State University (BSU), La Trinidad, Benguet last April 21.
A total of 140 participants composed of students and faculty members from BSU, Kings College of the Philippines, Cordillera Career Development College, all in La Trinidad, Benguet area attended the activity. The event is partnered with the Young Environmentalists Society (YES) of the College of Arts and Sciences of BSU.
The half-day event started with opening prayer led by Ava Almacen, a YES member. The welcome remarks was given by Sunshine Tello, YES Secretary, in behalf of YES adviser, Maricel Guron. A song titled Open Arms was rendered by Crishna Salayao, YES member.
Meanwhile, Engr. Hilario G. Ezperanza of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) and one of the resource speakers discussed about Weather Systems Affecting the Philippines. He pointed out that proper understanding of the waning signs of weather-related disasters can decrease the cases of accidents.
Mendel Garcia, Section Chief of SRWAT, shared about Climate Change and Watershed Management. He emphasized on the role of watershed in mitigating the effects of changes in the climate. Years ago, we needed to avert climate change, then years later, we needed to mitigate it. Now, we can only adapt with climate change as it is the new normal, Garcia said.
Romeo Gomez Jr. also discussed on Ecological Solid Waste Management pointing out the need to observe proper waste disposal that includes the 3 Rsthat stands for Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.Everything has to go somewhere, there is no such thing as zero waste management, remarked Gomez emphasizing the need of a comprehensive management plan in the communities.
Participants also put in writing their commitment in protecting the environment and posted it on the San Roque Watershed inspired backdrop.
Paul Joseph Nuval, instructor of BSU- Department of Development Communication, said that the conduct of the activity is timely and relevant. With the current situation of the environment, there is a need to mold youths to be ambassadors for mother earth, Nuval said.
Gloria Faronilo, Senior Watershed Management Specialist from the NPC, lauded the efforts of the participants and organizers and challenged everyone to continue the advocacy of environment protection.