Friday, April 24, 2015

DENR conducts 2015 Earth Day Youth Camp

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DENR conducts 2015 Earth Day Youth Camp

QUEZON CITY, 23 April (PIA)—In line with the celebration of Earth Day, some 136 public high school students from Metro Manila, Cavite and Bulacan provinces joined the Earth Day Youth Camp 2015 organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

According to Ms. Maria Magnolia Danganan, Youth Desk, Strategic Communications & Initiatives Services-DENR, who assisted in the coordination and preparation of the camp Secretary Ramon Paje came up with the idea of holding the youth camp to help further promote environmental protection and conservation among the youth.

Held April 21 to 23 at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Quezon City, Danganan said the camp also provided DENR with the opportunity to interact with the youth to further improve its nationwide environmental protection and conservation campaign.

Participants from Fort Bonifacion High School in Makati, Ramon Joshua Bombais, Sophia Anne Maichal Panes, Alain Geronimo, and Nico Ponce all said that they learned and enjoyed the camp.

Bombais said he learned more about the protection and preservation of wildlife habitat. “Even in Metro Manila, there animal habitats that must be protected like trees with birds nests,” Bombais said.

Panes said she learned the proper way of planting trees. “The DENR taught the proper way of planting trees and how to take care after you have planted them,” Panes said.

Geronimo said he would take extra effort to maintain his school as an “environment-friendly” by advocating recycling and maintaining a garden among his fellow students.

Ponce, who is the president of Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) in Fort Bonifacio High School said he will share his learnings not with members of the faculty in his school and his fellow students, but also in his community. “It’s hard to save, but it’s not impossible,” he said.

The DENR made sure that the camp is an enjoyable and informative activity that include team-building exercises, an eco-walk around NAPWC, the Earth Day concert as well as visits to Mines and Geosciences Bureau's museum and Laguna Lake Development Authority's headquarters.

DENR also provided lectures on rainforest restoration, importance of Manila Bay, eco-friendly schools, geohazards and the National Greening Program (NGP).

Camp participants were made to bring their respective beddings, toiletries and other personal items.

They were also asked to bring their own spoon and fork as well as reusable food containers to help minimize trash at the camp site.

The DENR provided meals for the campers while cement giant Holcim provided 20 tents that can accommodate three to four people each. (PIA-NCR/RJB/SDL) - See more at:

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