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DepEd, DENR-EMB continue to teach school youth value of clean air

Tacloban City (November 4) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) continue to pursue their task of teaching the school youth the value of clean air.

DENR-EMB, whose main task is to maintain clean air, has adopted the strategy of making the youth appreciate the value of clean air and how to help protect it.

Dubbed as Bantay Tambutso sa Eskuwelahan which was spearheaded by the EMB-DENR in 2005.

Bantay Tambutso sa Easkuwela has been adopted by the Department of Education has adopted it as a year-round activity per memorandum number 135 series of 2006.

The project aims to increase the awareness of teachers, students and the general public on the importance of multi-sectoral cooperation to help clean the air.

All the Regional Directors, schools division superintendents and private school administrators were directed to support the program by adopting some of the proposed activities as listed in the Memorandum.

Aside from the issuance of memorandum for its constituents in adopting and supporting various clean air initiative, the school administrators have been directed to coordinate with schools, offices and institutions in the implementation of the policy on Bantay Tambutso Sa Eskuwelahan Program.

Among the activities include inclusion of Clean Air messages in the curriculum at all levels, in school programs an in school regulations; encourage active participation and make intensive campaign of students/pupils/employees and stakeholders on various air-related activities.

Other activities are the conduct of smoke free school/office or smoke free malls campaigns; conduct of exhibits and Fairs about clean air initiatives; conduct of seminars, symposium, and forum to students, pupils, employees, PTCA and other stakeholders on various clean air related concerns and activities; posting and dissemination of information materials; featuring of clean air initiatives in newsletters and campus papers; conduct seminars to all publics for vehicle engine maintenance and the conduct of free and regular vehicle emission testing and preventive maintenance of vehicles for cleaner air.

Furthermore, activities adopted are such that of active promotion of clean energy fuel or alternative fuels for the vehicles; holding of on the spot poster painting, logo/sticker design, jingles and essay contests; designation of smoke-free areas in the school campus/office parking spaces; turning off vehicle engine when parked; banning entry of smoke belching vehicles with in the school campus, and active participation in campaigns such as Car-less day, Bike for Clean Air, Community Air Watch, Bantay Sunog Basura and Tree Planting in the School Campus and in the Community.

The activities were integrated during national and international events such as International Earth Day on April 22, World Environment Day on June 5, Philippine Environment Month in June, International Ozone Day on September 16 and the Philippine Clean Air Month in November. (PIA 8) [top]

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