Mr. Juan B. Ebora, TTD Chief and Forester Nolie Molina of ERDB as they discuss the importance of environment and solid waste management, respectively in Camp Vicente Lim, Calamba, Laguna. (Photos by Maureen V. Cambay, TTD)

The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) held the Youth for Environment in School (YES) Camp in Camp Vicente Lim Integrated School, Calamba, Laguna on October 25, 2019. This event was conducted in response to their request of technical assistance due to their solid waste management problem. More than 50 students and teachers participated in the event.

Grades 9- 10 students participating in a game about interconnectedness in the ecosystem.

Mr. Juan B. Ebora, Chief of the Technology Transfer Division (TTD), shared an encouragement message and emphasized the statement, “Ang malinis na kapaligiran ay nagsisimula sa malinis na kaisipan.” Furthermore, Forester Nolie Molina, Science Research Specialist II of ERDB, explained solid waste management to the participants. He also stated the effects of waste and pointed out that the youth can be involved in managing solid waste through reducing, reusing and recycling.

ERDB Youth Desk Officer, Ms. Ann Valerie V. Gillado discussed the youth’s role in environmental protection and conservation and engaged with the youth in an interactive activity on interconnectedness in the ecosystem. In addition, Mr. Abel Banayo ERDB’s Youth Desk Officer, introduced the ERDB to the students and its different environmental programs and activities.

A student posting her commitment to the environment.

The said camp concluded with the children’s commitment to the environment by writing down their action plan on pieces of leaf-shaped papers on how they can contribute in combatting the pressing environmental issues.

The school principal expressed her gratitude to the ERDB team who conducted the event and hoped for future partnerships in different environmental activities. Maureen V. Cambay, TTD