“Be the change that you want to see…”
On National Heroes day, more than 40 environmental advocates from across Mindanao convened in Cagayan de Oro city for the United States Alumni for Institutional Reform – Environment (USAIR) summit to showcase the outcome of their projects and discuss ways to strengthen their community involvement.
Nashrudin Kusain of Adat Betad, Inc. shared the success of his project, “Rehabilitating Mangrove Diversity of Brgy. Polloc Seashore and Aquasilviculture: A Resource Conservation & Fishery Livelihood in Parang, Maguindanao. To increase awareness against waste dumping, a major source of flash floods in her city, Dr. Maria Angeles Dano-Hinosolango, produced an original music video.
Another participant, Melody Ravelo of Bukidnon State University, wowed other participants with her “Sagip-Kabataan, a Child-focused Disaster Risk Reduction” project that trained children in a remote barangay on disaster preparedness.
Liceo University Safer River Life Safer Foundation, Inc. through its Executive Director Dr. Rosalina S. Huerbana, discussed her group’s initiatives and extensive community partnerships. A former ARMM Assemblywoman, Samira Gutoc Tomawis, presented Marawi City’s Ecological Solid Waste Management story, “Trash to Cash Atbp.”
Atty. Jennifer L. Ramos, a staunch climate chance advocate, was the event’s guest speaker. During the summit, each participant pledged a long term commitment to protect the environment, and discussed approaches to make the communities more engaged in environmental conservation.
A resolution was adopted by the group, copy of which will be sent to DENR Secretary, LGUs, schools, partners and other stakeholders, which contained the following:
1. Holding LGUs to their mandate to have a functioning MRF, and not only to ensure segregation from sources, but in the collection and dumping sites, as well.
2. Promote carpooling to lessen vehicles on the streets. Offices and schools should mandate a Car-Free day as 1 liter of petrol/gasoline produces about 2.3 kg of CO2.
3. Intensify information campaign in schools, barangays and sitio/purok using TV, radio and social media on climate change and environmental protection.
4. Provide a community incentive mechanism for compliant households or communities.
5. Set simultaneous community clean-up activities (monthly if possible). Include watershed and forest area rehabilitation and conservation. Conduct tree growing activities. Have eco-friendly areas in every barangay.
6. Ask LGU’s to provide livelihood sources to people dependent on kaingin or wood-cutting;
7. Convene an Inter-Agency/Organizational River Basin environmental summit to connect all affected areas and develop initiatives, and comprehensive resolutions.
8. Support Youth-oriented environmental initiatives.
9. Promote the use of organic farming and consumption of organic products.
The partner organization, Liceo Legal Aid Center (LiLAC) was assigned as secretariat for this initiative. The summit ended with the group’s participation of water hyacinth removal in Cagayan de Oro river.
USAIR is a flagship project of US Embassy Philippines designed to enhance its relationship with USG alumni in the country. Environment was the USAIR theme in Mindanao while Luzon implemented the Political Transparency and Good Governance theme. Judge Jerlie P. Luis-Requerme, a USG alumnae, received the grant to roll out USAIR project.
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