The CLEAR Youth Network Congress is the annual gathering of the CLEAR Youth Network as represented by Eco-Camp graduates and their groups that were formed in the schools and/or communities as a result of the Camp.  The Congress is a venue not just for reporting accomplishments and planning of yearly activities – more importantly, it is a platform for learning so that the youth network will continuously be equipped with new knowledge and practice in lake conservation.

10th CLEAR Youth Network Congress

The 10th CLEAR Youth Network Congress, with the theme “The Youth as Champions of Wetlands”, endeavored to recognize the contribution of the Youth in wetland conservation.  It highlighted activities implemented by the Youth over the past 10 years since the CLEAR Youth Eco-Camp and the Design Competition started to appreciate how these experiences have influenced the mindsets of the young in their homes, schools and work environment.

Specific objectives:

  • To establish how the Eco-Camps and the Design Competition influenced the youth in their homes, schools and work environment.
  • To provide a venue for the CLEAR Youth Network for the exchange of ideas, information practices and activities on how to raise awareness on wetlands conservation.

The 10th CLEAR Youth Network Congress was attended by fifteen (15) CYN groups from various cities/municipalities around Laguna de Bay: Muntinlupa, Taguig, Pateros, Tanay, Binangonan, Los Baños, Pangil/Siniloan, Lumban, San Pablo, San Pedro, Mabitac, Rizal, Pila and Morong. It was held on 5 – 6 December 2015 at the Sierra Madre Resort in Tanay, Rizal.

This year’s congress was different from the past years because it celebrated the Youth and their accomplishments for the past ten years and paid tribute to the Coordinators whose efforts are invaluable to the success and staying power of the network. Exchanges of experiences and learning took place successfully with innovative ideas shared with all CYN groups. Over a decade, the growing number of the members of the network continuously doing actions for wetlands conservation branched out with more projects and activities that also aided multi-sectoral involvement and partnership in their schools and communities.

Recipients of the award were Mr. Constante R. Balino of Pangil, Laguna, Ms. Isabelita C. Delgado of the Local Government of Pateros, Ms. Yvonne R. Alba of Pedro E. Diaz High School of Muntinlupa City, Ms. Victoria R. Almario of Lumban National High School, Ms. Jennifer Marie Amparo-Sunga  and Ms. Carla Edith Jimena of University of the Philippines – Los Baños (not in the photo), and Ms. Cari L. Leviste of Friends of the Seven Lakes Foundation (not in the photo).

Given recognition during the 10th CLEAR Youth Network Congress were four coordinators in appreciation for their dynamic support and significant contribution in the conservation of Laguna de Bay through the CLEAR Youth Network.

Programme

Opening Program

 Welcome Remarks and
Objectives of the Congress
 Ms. Amy M. Lecciones
Society for the Conservation of
Philippine Wetlands
 Message  Dr. J.R.Nereus Acosta
Laguna Lake Development Authority
(represented by: Mr. Jesus Ernesto Bayongan, Jr.)
 “The Role of Youth
in Wetland Conservation”
 Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim
 Biodiversity Management Bureau
(represented by: Ms. Joy M. Navarro)
 Youth Forum on Taking Action for Wetland Conservation
 Sharing Session: The Youth as Champion of Wetlands
 “Replicating the
Youth Ecological Camp”
 Mr. Carl Vincent Olaya
and Mr. Mark M. Oliveros
CYN – Mabitac
 Wetland Centre Design Competition  Arch. Aaron M. Lecciones
ASAPhil-UP Diliman / University of the Philippines – LB
 Sachet Recovery Project  Mr. Keno Moreno
Friends of the Seven Lakes
 Viaje Kalikasan  Ms. Hidylene Mayo
Department of Interior and Local Government
 Testimonials:
      – from an eco-camper   Ms. Chenelyn A. Esguerra (CYN-Pila)
      – from a college student   Mr. Jordan A. Revadulla (CYN-Muntinlupa City)
      – from a young professional   Ms. Maria Laiya De los Reyes
PinoyME Foundation
      – from coordinators   all CYN coordinators
 Recognition and
Awarding of Wetland Champions
  Outstanding CLEAR Youth Network Coordinators
 Socials
      Presentation of talents and party   all CYN Groups
 Planning Session / Coordinators Meeting   all CYN Coordinators
 Poster Session   reporting of accomplishments / initiatives
 Workshop: Formulation of Youth CEPA Action Plan on Wetland Conservation
 Closing Program
      Next steps   Ms. Amy M. Lecciones
Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands
      Distribution of Certificates

 

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Profile of Participants

Five (5) delegates from Taguig City; with one (1) coordinator from the Tipas National High School

2 Five (5) delegates from Pateros, Metro Manila; with one (1) coordinator from the Local Government of Pateros
3 Five (5) delegates from Binangonan, Rizal; with one (1) coordinator from the Rizal National Science High School
4 Four (4) delegates from Morong; with a coordinator from the Local Government of Morong
5 Six (6) delegates from Lumban; with two (2) coordinators from Lumban National High School and Philippine Long Distance Telephone
6 Five (5) delegates from Pangil/Siniloan, Laguna; with two (2) coordinators from Pangil and Siniloan National High School
7 Six (6) delegates from Muntinlupa City; with a coordinator from Pedro E. Diaz High School
8 Five (5) delegates from Los Baños, Laguna; with one (1) coordinator from University of the Philippines – Los Baños
9 Three (3) delegates from San Pablo City; with two (2) coordinators from Academia de San Ignacio De Loyola
10 Five (5) delegates from Tanay; with two (2) coordinators from the Local Government of Tanay
11 Five (5) delegates from Mabitac; with one (1) coordinator from Paagahan National High School
12 Five (5) delegates from Pila; with a coordinator from Don Manuel Rivera Memorial National High School
13 Five (5) delegates from Rizal; with one (1) coordinator from Cristobal S. Conducto Memorial National High School
14 Four (4) delegates from San Pedro City; with one (1) coordinator from DYSD of San Pedro
Testimonials from eco-camp graduate (now a young professional), and from coordinators of CYN – Binangonan, Rizal and Muntinlupa City