5th CLEAR Youth Network Congress

CLEAR held the 5th CLEAR Youth Network Congress on 31 July – 01 August 2010 at the University of the Philippines Campus, Los Baños Laguna.  Cognizant of the importance of the youth sector in lake conservation, CLEAR focuses its activities on the Youth in the lakeshore towns of Laguna de Bay.  The banner project for this is the CLEAR Youth Network that encompasses activities such as the Youth Ecological Camps, the Community Lake Monitoring Network, and their annual gathering during the CLEAR Youth Network Congress.

As part of the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity, this year’s theme Wetlands and Biodiversity focused on educating the participants on the value of biological diversity and its significance to our daily lives. CLEAR ecocamp graduates from lakeshore communities of Tanay, Los Baños, Muntinlupa, Lumban, Pangil and San Pablo City participated the Congress.  Eco-campers from Angono, Pateros, Binangonan and Taguig City also attended the event.
The Congress was a 2-day event, giving the participants more opportunity to learn from each other as well as gain new experiences and learnings.

The venue of the Congress was the Auditorium of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in UP-Los Baños.  All delegates were billeted at SEARCA Residence Hotel.

Objectives

  • To provide a venue for the CLEAR Youth Network for the exchange of ideas, information practices and activities on lake conservation; and
  • To build the capacity of CLEAR Youth Network so that they are able to implement lake conservation activities  efficiently and effectively.
Ms. Angelita Meniado of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau – Department of Environment and Natural Resources on “The Importance of Biodiversity in Our Daily Lives”

 

Programme

Opening Programme

      Welcome Remarks Mr. Levi Florido
Asst. Director, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
      Messages Mr. Edgardo Manda
General Manager, Laguna Lake Development AuthorityMs. Liza Vengco
Manager, External Communications
Unilever Philippines
      Objectives of the CYN
and briefing on Wetlands
Dr. Honorato Palis, Member of the Board of Trustees (Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands)
Learning Session: “The Importance of Biodiversity in Our Daily Lives”
Ms. Angelita Meniado (Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the  Department o Environment and Natural Resources)
Exposure Trip to Makiling Botanical Gardens
Sharing Stories about Caring for the Lake  Updates on lake conservation activities (5 – 7 minutes each group)
Socials
Reporting  of Accomplishments
Action Planning / Presentation of Plans
Facilitator: Ms. Che Prudente (Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands)
Closing Programme /
Distribution of Certificates

 

Profile of Participants
1 Four (4) delegates from Tanay, Rizal; with two coordinators from the Municipal Government of Tanay
2 Fourteen (14) delegates from Los Baños, Laguna; with two coordinators from University of the Philippines – Los Baños
3 Ten (16) delegates from Muntinlupa City (two groups); with coordinators from Pedro E. Diaz High School and Muntinlupa Science High School
4 Five (5) delegates from San Pablo City; with a coordinator from CANOSSA
5 Five (5) delegates from Lumban, Laguna; with two coordinators from Wawa National High School and the Municipal Government of Lumban
6 Six (6) delegates from Pangil, Laguna; with a coordinator from the Municipal Government of Pangil
7 Four (4) delegates from Angono, Rizal; with a coordinator from Blanco Family Academy
8 Five (5) delegates from Pateros, Metro Manila; with a coordinator from Maria Concepcion Cruz High School
9 Six (6) delegates from Binangonan, Rizal; with a Sangguniang Kabataan leader acting as coordinator
10 Five (5) delegates from Taguig City; with a coordinator from Tipas National High School
CLEAR (Conservation of Laguna de Bay’s Environment and Resources) is a tripartite partnership of Laguna Lake Development Authority (represented here by General Manager E. Manda), Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (represented here by Member of the Board of Trustees, Dr. H. Palis), and Unilever Philippines (represented here by External Communications Manager Ms.  L. Vengco).  Assistant Director L. Florido of the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau is also in the picture.