YES leads Earth day activities

By jtabangcura - Posted on 18 April 2017


VP for Business Affairs, Dr. Silvestre K. Aben with YES President, Ronel Pontino hands the certificates and plaques of recognition to students who won the Environmental Debate held on April 7, 2017. The awarding of the certificates and plaques was done on April 17, 2017 during the regular Monday flag ceremony where other activities commemorating the Earth Day was also announced.//Photo by Dalos Emok 

The World Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22. For BSU, the Young Environmentalists Society (YES) of the College of Arts and Sciences leads its celebration through a series of activities that aims to make the public aware of environmental conservation, management and protection.

The first activity was the Environmental Debate held on April 7, 2017 participated by BSU students. The winners are the College of Agriculture, champion; College of Arts and Sciences, 1st Runner Up; College of Engineering and Applied Technology, 2nd Runner Up; and the Institute of Public Administration, 3rd Runner Up.

Two more activities are lined up in celebration of the World Earth Day as announced by YES President, Ronell Pontino after the regular Monday Flag Ceremony at the Administration Building on April 17, 2017.

First, the Symposium on Environmental and Climate Literacy on April 21, 2017 at the Igorota Hall, NPRCRTC from 8:00 am to 12:00 nn in partnership with the National Power Corporation-San Roque Watershed Management Action Team. University students are encouraged to attend this activity.

Second activity slated is ‘Conquer Mt. Yangbew’ eco-trail on April 29, 2017. The three- kilometer route will begin behind the College of Forestry and ends at the summit of Mt. Yangbew. The entrance fee for students will be Php 25.00 and Php 30.00 for non-students. Participants are advised to bring their own food and water. This is in partnership with the Philippine Association of Nutrition-Beta Zeta Chapter under its project Bakas which aims to reduce obesity among schoolchildren. Both activities are open to the public.

Pontino shared that individuals can help conserve the environment by simply buying bottled shampoo instead of the ones in sachets to produce less garbage. He added that multi-sector participation should be encouraged in environmental conservation efforts. As an example, he cited that boundary disputes among Local Government Units, other agencies and even Indigenous Peoples usually hamper water management efforts.//JST