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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III through its Regional Youth Desk Officers participated in the Serbisyo Caravan of the Bicol Youth Leadership Camp: Improving Youth Participation in Local Governance with the theme, “Mga Jovenes na Bikolano para sa Marhay na Pag-Gobierno” spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol on March 5, 2022 at the Coastal View Beach Resort, Sto. Domingo, Albay.

The Bicol Youth Leadership Camp aims to provide an avenue for the youth to actively participate in local governance and capacitate them as responsible youth leaders.

Some 66 youth leaders of various barangays, schools, religious, and youth organizations from selected areas in the province of Albay and representatives of National Government Agencies (NGAs) participated in the event.

Information, education, and communication (IEC) materials such as shirts, water bottles, and ecobags from the DENR Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK), a collaborative project of the DENR and its citizens toward responsible development of natural resources and ensure the restoration, rehabilitation, and enhancement of the environment were distributed.

The event also served as an avenue for the youth leaders to seek assistance from the DENR Bicol on their request for seedlings and issues on solid waste management.

Moreover, the DENR Bicol also participated in the Solution-Seeking Dialogue wherein pressing issues identified by the youth were addressed by the NGAs and will be consolidated by the DILG Bicol for report and further action.

The DENR Bicol continuously supports NGAs in their activities to enhance the active participation of the public.###