"Earth Day Everyday Everywhere for Everyone"- this was the theme of the 2015 Earth Day celebration. The event was highlighted with a youth camp participated by 21 schools from the National Capital Region (NCR). The activity was held on April 21-23, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC).

One hundred thirty-six participants (99 grade 9 students and 37 teachers) joined the camp. Of the 21 participating schools, the Carmona National High School in Cavite represented the Persons with Disabilities (PWD) (6 students and 2 teacher -interpreters), while the Bicol University through Holcim Cement sent their five on-the-job training (OJT) students.

 

The participating schools came from the cities of Quezon, Makati, Malabon, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Valenzuela, San Juan, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Pasig and Navotas. The schools in Carmona, Cavite and Norzagaray, Bulacan were also represented.

Twenty Youth Desk Officers/Coordinators (YDOs) from the central office, bureaus and regions spearheaded the conduct of the camp.

For the opening program, the DENR Sec. Ramon JP. Paje delivered his 2015 State of the Environment addressing the participants of the Camp. Other present officials from the department included Usec. Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. , Usec. Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr., Asec Atty. Jonas R. Leones, Asec Corazon C. Davis, Asec. Briselda M. Gervacio, Dir. Theresa Mundita S. Lim of BMB, Dir. Ric. G. Enriquez, Dir. Leo L. Jasareno of MGB, Head Executive Assistant William T. Ragos and Dir. Jesus Enrico Moises B. Salazar of the Strategic Concerns and Initiatives Services (SCIS) . Some media personnel were also around to cover the event.

Plenary sessions include topics on: a) Youth Engagement, Essential to Achieve the MDGs and Youth on Inclusive and Transformative New Agenda b) My World and World We Want 2015 c) Philippine Biodiversity and d) Importance of Manila Bay and the role of the Youth in its Rehabilitation

The same day, a poster making contest, was sponsored and facilitated by the EDNP representatives participated by five participants. Also, group presentations for the Sayaw at Awit Para sa Kalikasan (SAYAWIT) was conducted. Seven groups presented their piece for which the YDO from ERDB, Ms. Vienna O. Austria, facilitated and hosted the said activity.

Earth Day was commenced with an ecology walk around the NAPWC. After breakfast, plenary session 4 had the topics on: a) Eco-Friendly Schools/ASEAN Environment Year, b) Geo-hazards and c) The National Greening Program (NGP).

The final day of the camp began with a museum visit at the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) and a tour at the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) green building along East Avenue, Q. C. The tours were then preceded by lectures on DENR's youth, PWD and volunteer programs.

The camp was closed with the unison recitation of the "The Panata sa Kalikasan". Three campers gave their impressions, while the closing message was imparted by Dir. Jesus Enrico Moises B. Salazar. The giving of prizes for the games, distribution of seedlings and IEC materials and the awarding of certificates of participation/attendance followed with the photo opportunity being the last activity.

The camp was sponsored by the Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP), United Nations Volunteer Program (UNVP), Holcim Cement and the DENR. Vienna O. Austria, UERD