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PIA Press Release
2007/06/22

Project LIFE continues

by AD Cahilog

Davao City (22 June) -- Project L.I.F.E. (Learning Interdependently For the Environment) is an marine environmental conservation campaign where the youth plays both essential and pivotal role. It is a joint endeavor of the Davao Gulf Management Council (DGMC) and the World Wildlife Fund for nature Philippines (WWF).

Its objective is to safeguard the current condition and productivity of Davao Gulf which has been considered as a major resource for eco-tourism which further supports the fishing industry of Davao Province and nurtures the economies of cities and its surrounding municipalities.

The project has reached out more than 13,278 both elementary and secondary students and covered four Cities and 18 Municipalities around Davao Gulf. The program also involves showing of films on environment, provides interactive lecture, group presentations, hold skits and environmental games that entertain and educate the children.

To augment its objectives, 2nd and 4th year high school students who opted to join the sea scouting as alternative to the Citizen’s Military Training program in school are trained by DGMC and WWF to give child-friendly presentations to coastal public schools about the features and marine resources of Davao Gulf.

A way that project LIFE is brought to the communities to heighten the awareness of the individual specially the youth on the need to protect and preserve the Davao Gulf marine resources and further move the residents of coastal communities into action towards the conservation efforts.

“Sea Scouts help us spread our mission and achieve our goals by using their youthful appeal and energy, speaking to children of school age and educating them on environmental conservation”, Commo Margarita M Floirendo PCGA, District Commander of the PCGA-SEM said,

The group has already covered Davao City, Davao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental and Davao Del Norte using the educational roving van equipped with audio-visual and exhibit materials that feature basic conservation issues and protection of the Philippine Marine Environment, Commo Floirrendo added.

At present there is a clamor from private schools, not only on the coastal areas but also in the uplands, to have project LIFE to visit them. To sustain this undertaking, there is a need to train more teachers and were looking forward that this project LIFE will be included in the school curriculum with the help of the Department of Education who has been always our partner Floreindo said.

To take the ownership of the project the Executive Committee Officers have decided to rename the project into Life Through Childrens Education (LCE Project).

Increasing the awareness of the youth on environmental conservation is crucial to efforts of Saving Davao Gulf, for today’s youth are undeniably the future stewards of the environment. What better time to involve them in the movement to save the environment, and what better way to do that than using the technology which the youth are so much attuned to, Commo Floirendo further added. (PIA XI) [top]

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