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DENR 4A steps up campaign on environmental awareness, celebrates 2019 Int'l Youth Day

by Joy Gabrido
August 24, 2019

DENR 4A initiated a lecture on climate change, solid waste management and composting for selected youth in this city on August 13.

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – Recognizing the importance of environmental awareness among young Filipinos, DENR 4A initiated a lecture on climate change, solid waste management and composting for selected youth in this city on August 13.

This was also in celebration of the International Youth Day 2019 themed, “Transforming Education” which gathered young people from DENR 4A, Toshiba, DepEd, and selected schools of this city.

“May pag-asa pa tayo kung paano ipatupad (ang mga batas para sa kalikasan), at ito ay sa pamamagitan ng ating kabataan!” DENR 4A Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Arturo E. Fadriquela said.

(We still have hope on how we can implement environmental laws and this is through our youth!)

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The Assistant Regional Director pointed out that one of the environmental problems faced by the country today is the difficulty in the implementation of laws on natural resource conservation, solid waste management and protection of trees that serve as last defense against pollution, among others.

He said that focusing on promoting environmental awareness among the youth might give more hope than merely encouraging the older ones to change the lifestyle they had been accustomed to for years.

“Napakahirap talaga na ipatupad ang ating mga patakaran dahil iyong iba ay matanda na talaga at mahirap nang pasunurin at mahirap nang turuan o itama ang mga gawi,” he added.

(It is quite difficult to implement our policies because some of the older generation find it difficult to follow and it is even harder to teach them or ask them to correct their ways.)

However, he emphasized that there is still hope to successfully implement environment laws in the country and that is through the youth.

“Sinasabi nga na tumaya tayo sa kabataan kasi sila ang susunod na henerasyon at sila ang magmamana sa ating mundo kaya sana magabayan nang maayos. Kayo iyon,” he stated addressing the young participants.

(We are placing our hope in our youth since they are the next generation and will be the next in line for our world which is why we have to guide them properly. You are our hope.)

The program included lectures on Climate Change 101 discussed by Laguna Climate Change Adaptation Office (LCCAO) Head Henry B. Halawig and Solid Waste Management and Composting by Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Lori Estorque. (Joy Gabrido/PIA4A)

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