The DENR Youth Desk Training Team spearheaded the First Division Youth for Environment Summit (YES) in Basco, Batanes on May 15-17, 2014. The team was composed of the youth coordinators from DENR SCO, ERDB, MGB, LMB, NAMRIA, Regions 2 & 4A. The summit was held at the Batanes National Science High School, Basco, Batanes for the secondary level and at the Batanes Central School for the elementary level.


A total of 422 participants (372 pupils/students and 50 teachers) from 8 secondary schools and 18 elementary schools from the islands of Batan, Sabtang and Ibayat participated in the summit.

The 3-day activity comprised of lectures, games, poster making, debate, role playing/skit contest, speech choir, film viewing and the YES planning session.

The keynote speaker was Hon. Demetrius Paul C. Narag, Municipal Mayor of Basco, Batanes. The last day of the summit was the closing program. An elementary pupil and a high school student were tasked to give their personal impressions on the summit. A male student led the Panata sa Kalikasan. Romana Atienza-Mauricio, FERD