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EEIS INTENSIFIES CAMPAIGN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The Environmental Education and Information System (EEIS), recognizing its role as the “education and information arm of the Bureau at the Regional level” had fostered and intensified campaigns for environmental protection this first semester. Educating and disseminating informations on environmental policies, plans, programs and projects of the bureau to different stakeholders of the environment took the forms of lectures, trainings, distribution of informative materials and even provisions of statistical reports. The Regional Library also had become the major source of reading materials to researchers.
Stakeholders of the environment such as the academe, the business and industry sectors, the transport groups, the civil society, the private and government sectors, among others, have been recipients of the lectures on the salient features of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003) and the Clean Air Act (RA 8749). Though these aforementioned laws have become the “in – demand” subject matter, popularization of the other three (3) environmental laws (PD 1586 or the Environmental Impact Assessment System, RA 6969 or the Toxic, Hazardous Waste Management Act, and PD 984 or the Pollution Control Law) have been given equal frequency and depth of promotion.
Worth nothing as significant accomplishment of the section was the training of eight (8) high school students of Kabayan, Benguet as “evangelist” for the environment on June 2 – 5, 2003. These new Information, Education, Communication (IEC) implementers were equipped with skills on IEC strategies such as the nature interpretation, use of environmental games and skits, folk media, creative writing and role – playing. They embarked their first “mission” as evangelist on June 30, 2003.
Also, the section was able to share concepts on environmental protection, specifically “strategic garbage management” to student delegates to the National Youth for Environmental Summer Camp that was held at Teachers Camp, Baguio City on April 30 – May 4, 2003.
Such efforts of the section to reach as much sectors of society as it can, was attributed to the recognition that “the future” has arrived so fast.
Though the section was manned by two (2) personnel, during the first semester, all targets have been accomplished, even exceeding them.
With the new set up of the section, it is hoped that more sectors of society can be reached to be informed and educated.
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