Some eighty (80) students from various schools in the Bicol Region were identified as Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Ambassadors by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag and the Lions Club International District 301-A2 headed by Mr. Edmundo B. Barrios.
The ENR Ambassador Project was launched under the Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK), a DENR program for restoration, rehabilitation and development (PRRDP).
According to DENR OIC, RED Abawag, “The ENR Ambassador Project aims to involve the youth in the protection, conservation and management of the ENR through information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns, advocacies, social mobilization and partnership building.”
To kickstart the project, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between DENR Bicol and Lions Club International last February 19, 2021 at Barangay Salugan, Camalig, Albay.
Under the MOA, the Lions Club International will be assisting the DENR in monitoring and evaluating the IEC and advocacy performance of the ENR Ambassadors, recommend improvements and is responsible for the management and distribution of resources that may be provided. Meanwhile, the DENR will train, guide and develop the skills of the selected students in areas concerning the implementation of the project.
On the same event, twenty (20) prepaid WiFi equipment were turned-over to the school heads of Banquerohan National High School and Ilawod National High School which then, will be given to the selected beneficiaries. The other sixty (60) Wifi equipment will also be distributed to other identified students regionwide in the coming days. The distribution of the WiFi is necessary as the academe has shifted from face-to-face to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DENR V Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Engr. Eva S. Ocfemia in her message said that, “The pocket prepaid WiFi shall be used by the ENR Ambassadors both for their environmental education and advocacy work and academic studies. We look forward to this significant partnership with the youth in carrying out our mandates and programs.”
Moreover, the DENR V is hopeful that the selected ENR Ambassadors will help educate their fellow youth on various environmental issues affecting the region and galvanize the support of the youth sector in the cleanup, rehabilitation and protection of the environment and natural resources in the region.