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Monday, October 13, 2014

PIA-ZNPIC conducts 2nd CCAC forum in Dapitan

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DAPITAN CITY - The Philippine Information Agency-Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Information Center (PIA-ZNPIC) in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Education (DepEd) has conducted on Friday, Oct. 10, the second leg of its advocacy forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation at the Dapitan City National High School (DCNHS) this city.

A total of 210 students consisting of officers and members of the science club, YES-O and Supreme Student Government (SSG) participated in the said activity with their science teachers.

Barangay officials and a health worker of Barangay Banonong also turned up during the forum.

In her welcome message, Master Teacher Regie Bait-it representing school principal Sherlito Sagapsapan, pointed out the importance and relevance of the forum to address the ill-effects of climate change.

Bait-it thanked PIA for choosing DCNHS to be a part of the campaign, urging the students to listen attentively to the video presentations and lectures during the forum.

PIA-9 Assistant Regional Director Franklin P. Gumapon cited the importance of the forum and explained to the participants the factors that contribute to climate change such like the use of fossil fuels by big factories, vehicles and other machineries.

Gumapon shared his experience in Tacloban City which was hardly-hit by super-typhoon Yolanda late last year and his recent trip to Taganak Island where he personally witnessed two of the 5 species of turtles found in the Philippines.

Taganak island is one of the islands comprising Turtle Islands municipality in the province of Tawi-tawi. 

The forum was conducted to promote awareness on climate change among the youth particularly the students as well as the community to come up with an appropriate and comprehensive plan of action to mitigate the impact of climate change on the humans.

The activity ended up with the election of officers of Climate Change Youth Advocates, recitation of the Kalikasan Pledge and commitment signing.

PIA-ZNPIC has targeted six fora to be conducted in the province this year.