Latest News List AdZU Envi Youth Campers go “wild” – with nature

Venturing the great wild in the city, participants went all out in outdoor activities - spelunking, snorkelling and trekking - during the 1st Regional Environmental Youth Camp hosted by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s Social Awareness and Community Service Involvement (SACSI) held April 4-8, 2017 at Scout Limbaga Camp in Barangay Pasonanca this city.

The five-day camp kicked off with a parade participated in by 99 participants from Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance (ZABIDA) Inc., Junior and Senior High School students from Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Arturo Eustaquio Memorial Science High School, Baluno National High School, Basilan National High School, Bunguiao National High School, Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Kabasalan National High School, Manicahan National High School, Ramon Enriquez Memorial National High School, Regional Science High School, Zamboanga City High School, Zamboanga City National High School, Zamboanga del Norte National High School and Zamboanga Sibugay National High School.

AdZU President Fr. Karel S. San Juan, SJ, who delivered the welcome remarks, said that the camp was part of AdZU’s mission of forming students to be good leaders that cares for the world and the environment.

Camp Convener and SACSI Environment Program Officer Welma O. Omboy, said that the camp sought to equip participants with the skills in coastal and upland resource management, at the same time molding them to become stewards in conserving, protecting and sustaining the environment.

With the theme, “Kasama Ka: Kabataang Sama-Samang Maglilingkod Para Sa Kalikasan,” the camp also strived to instil values in each participant to motivate them to be involved and initiate environmental programs, projects and activities.

Other activities during the camp included environmental sessions, team building games, earth jam, art festival, film appreciation, cultural night, exposure trips and planning.

Also present during the camp was Fr Wilfredo Samson, SJ, AdZU Assistant to the President for Formation together with representatives from partner agencies: Felix Mirasol, Regional Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 9; Dr. Dante Oporto, Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer; Pedro Melchor Natividad, OIC Regional Director of the Department of Education (DepEd) Region 9; Asec Paul Anthony Pangilinan, Commissioner at-large of the National Youth Commission (NYC); Fr Angel Calvo, Chairman of ZABIDA; and Director of the AdZU Bacatan Library Lynnie Calingacion.

Camp masters composed of the SACSI staff headed by SACSI director Raquel Salvacion, together with SACSI and Ecowatch volunteers who served as camp facilitators.

The envi camp was organized by SACSI in partnership with the DENR-9, DepEd-9, U.S. Embassy American Corner-AdZU, U.S. Department of Interior, ZABIDA, City Government of Zamboanga, Film Council of the Philippines-Cinematheque Zamboanga, JCI Yllana and NYC.

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