16 HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETE IN HUGOT SA KALIKASAN SLAM POETRY IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE FOREST

16 HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETE IN HUGOT SA KALIKASAN SLAM POETRY IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE FOREST

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) spearheaded the annual celebration of the International Day of the Forest (IDF) through a Hugot Sa Kalikasan Open Mic Slam/Spoken Poetry Competition on March 21, 2019 in DENR V Gymnasium, Rawis, Legazpi City.

With the theme “Forests and Education”, the activity was conducted to raise awareness on the importance of sustainably managed forests.

“We are gathered here today not just for the spoken poetry contest but because of the two (2) things that we need to do for the environment, which is awareness and consciousness”, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez said.

“For the awareness part, we invited schools, teachers and students so that we can see the importance of protecting our forests especially through the banner program of the department – the Expanded National Greening Program (E-NGP). We have planted seedlings now in a total of 1.6 million hectares in our conservation efforts and climate change mitigation. Hopefully, if we are aware of these things, consciousness in the mind of the youth will start”, ARD Rodriguez further explained.

Sixteen (16) participating High Schools regionwide participated in the Open Mic Slam/Spoken Poetry Competition. Each contestant were given five (5) minutes to deliver an original poetry related to the forests and the environment. Naga National High School won the first place, followed by Daraga National High School on the second place and Banquerohan National High School on the third place.

A video on Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) was also presented to the students for them to have a better understanding on the forestry programs being conducted by the DENR.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed March 21 the International Day of the Forests in 2012. Annually, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees. (Article by: JMM)###

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