By BSU UPAO - Posted on 27 April 2017

As part of the annual Earth Day celebration, the Benguet State University – Young Environmentalists’ Society (BSU-YES) in partnership with the National Power Corporation (NPC) – San Roque Watershed Management Area Team (SRWAT) conducted a symposium at the Igorota Hall, Northern Root Crops Research Training Center on April 21, 2017.

Reinforcing the Earth Day 2017 theme, “Environmental and Climate Literacy,” the event aimed to impart the power of literacy particularly in the concepts of climate change and its adverse effects to the environment.

“We believe that the youth will be the next ones to take care of the environment , the NPC, together with YES, conducted the symposium as part of its mandate in information dissemination about environmental protection,” said Faith H. Belingon, Community Relations Officer.

The symposium featured lectures which underlined the Earth Day 2017 celebration theme.

Engr. Hilario G. Esperanza, Weather Specialist II of PAGASA-CAR, lectured on Weather Systems affecting the Philippines.

On the other hand, Mendel S. Garcia, Section Chief of NPC-SRWAT, talked about Watershed and Climate Change.

Garcia said that the major cause of climate change is anthropogenic in nature; it is primarily caused by people. He quoted the saying, “We humans are the virus of the Earth.”

“Climate change is caused by greenhouse gases (GHGs), watershed as part of environmental management, hopes to reduce these gases, so as much as possible there is production and reduction,” said Garcia.

Dr. Romeo A. Gomez Jr., professor of the BSU-College of Arts and Sciences, also lectured on Ecological Waste Management.

He said that there is no system which produces a zero waste. “I would be the first to challenge that because where do you find a system that will make a zero residual waste? If you burn it (waste), you are just transforming that solid into a gaseous form. So there is no really a zero waste management,” he stressed.

In addition, he also said that all of us must be a part of the solution in managing waste. Accordingly, to comprehensively address solid waste, an integrated waste management must be employed as part of the solution.

Students from BSU, Benguet Vocational School, Cordillera Career Development College, and King’s College of the Philippines participated in the activity.

“When NPC came to talk with us about this symposium, we immediately said yes since it is part of the Earth Day celebration and we would like to expand our linkages in promoting our environmental advocacies,” said Sunshine Telio, YES secretary.//Juman Kevin Tindo