Elementary Schools in Oriental Mindoro commit to fight Climate Change

By: Deniel Salvador B. Morillo

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Roxas Central School (RCS), San Mariano Elementary School (SMES), and Julio R. Hernandez Memorial Elementary School (JRHMES), all in Oriental Mindoro, committed to fight Climate Change in response to the Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Lecture on Climate Change headed by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) MIMAROPA Region.


Supported by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Oriental Mindoro and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) of the Province, the IEC Lecture was conducted in RCS and SMES last October 19, 2016 and in JRHMES last October 20, 2016.


The four-fold lecture was composed of the following topics: Climate Change and Changing Perception, What the Youth can do for Climate Change, Effects of Climate Change to Biodiversity, and the Promotion of the Eco-School Search. These topics were discussed by Amor D. Asi, Forester III and Chief of the Conservation and Development Section, Jyferson A. Villapa, Communication Development Officer I, and Deniel Salvador B. Morillo, IEC Specialist, assisted by Jayhne Maeritz Barcenal, Information Officer I, Anabelle Castillo, Forest Technician II, Jose Maria Montecarlo Fontanilla, Forest Technician I/Designated IEC Officer, Josephine Lovella Malijan, Administrative Aide 6, and Project Support Staffs Sandro E. Angelo, Ma. Christina Marciano, Kenneth E. Pudiquet, and Ma. Carmila Ramirez.


SMES’ Principal Pilipinas Gadon- Ramos, among the different representatives of the schools who shared their best practices and commitments to fight Climate Change in agreement to the lectures conducted, cited that their school was one of the finalists in the 2011 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools where they placed third. Principal Ramos further expressed the school’s continuous efforts to sustain and improve the strategies handed to them by the school’s previous administration, like their greening program, paper conservation program, and livelihood program by tapping the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries. The students from the different schools also took pictures of themselves holding placards with different advocacies and green statements to show their commitment and support to the battle against climate change.


Similar lectures are still to be conducted in the following month in consonance to Proclamation number 1160 series of 2015 declaring November 25 of every year as the National Day for Youth in Climate Action.

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