LOOK: To strengthen the environmental advocacy campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the ENR Ambassadors in Cagayan Valley participated in the virtual environmental education held on February 24.
The 60 participants are students of Cagayan State University (CSU), Isabela State University (ISU), Quirino State University (QSU), Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) and Batanes State College (BSC).
DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan congratulated the ENR Ambassadors for having been chosen as competent and credible champions in the field of public information and environmental advocacy. She also acknowledged their commitment and enthusiasm as young advocates of the environment.
“Accepting the challenge as ENR Ambassador is a responsibility and of course, an opportunity. We expect so much from you because we believe that you can be instrumental in changing the mindset of the people and in influencing every individual to become a steward of the environment,” Director Bambalan said in her message.
The regional DENR chief commended the presidents of the different state universities for their support in the implementation of the project.
Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group Head Corazon C. Corpuz said the implementation of the ENR Ambassador Project was launched in November last year following the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the DENR represented by Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan and the presidents of various state universities namely; CSU President Urdujah Alvarado; ISU President Ricmar Aquino; QSU President Herminigildo Samoy; NVSU President Andres Taguiam; and BSC President Alfonso Simon.
Corpuz said the ENR Ambassador Project aims to engage the young people in the protection, conservation and management of the country’s environment and natural resources through Information Education and Communication, social mobilization and partnership-building.
During the online learning event, Engr. Marissa Balubal and Elisa Macarubbo of the Environmental Management Bureau; Geologist Ruvic Anne Villarias of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau; and For. Robert Rivera and Princess Margarett Astudillo of the DENR discussed Clean Water Act, Solid Waste Management, Understanding Geo-hazards in the Philippines, Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Protection, and Communication Strategies, respectively.
Regional Youth Desk Officer Ralffe Concepcion briefed the ENR Ambassadors on their roles and functions. He said the ENR Ambassadors are expected to write ENR-related articles to be published in their respective school papers; conduct environmental lectures; and produce print, broadcast or social media environmental-related materials, among others.
The ENR Ambassador Project coordinators of the different state universities also participated in the event.#