By Abygail M. Donguines
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of the Province of Laguna in cooperation with San Antonio de Padua College held its annual Exhibit, Symposium, and Contest for the Environment on August 16-19, 2011 with the theme KALIKASAN: ARUGAIN, MAHALIN, AT PAGYAMANIN.
The opening of this four-day affair has been graced by different important personalities. There present were Chief of Staff Carlos Dolendo, Executive Secretary Gina Tiu, and Youth Development Office Head Fatima Villasenor from the Office of Gov. Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan; SM San Pablo City Manager GabrielTimothy Exconde; Central Environment and Natural Resources Officer Violeta R. Garcia; DENR Region 4-A Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria; PENR Officer Isidro L. Mercado; Pila Mayor Edgardo Ramos; and SAPC President Armando B. Figueroa. The program in the morning was filled with wisdom as these people shared their thoughts on how young people can help in saving the environment.There was also an overflow of talents as the Likhang Sining Galaw (LIKSILAW) and the Drum and Lyre Corps did exhibitions. In the afternoon, the elimination for DENR Inter-School Poem & Jingle Writing Contest, where none was eliminated, was held.
On the second day, a symposium on Solid Waste Management was held where Mrs. Provincial Forester Severina P. Oandasan was resource speaker. The fourth year students of the High School Department and the CWTS students of the College Department attended the symposium.
On the third day, the high school and college students witnessed a demonstration of accessory-making using old magazines.
On the fourth day, the final round for DENR Inter-School Poem & Jingle Writing Contest was held where Kristine Joyce Marfori of Pansol Elementary School won first place in poem writing; Gene Justene Baruno of Pila Elementary School, second; and Carole Joan Guevara of Linga Elementary School, third. In the jingle writing category, Abijah Nicole Samarista of San Antonio de Padua College won first place while Trixie May Arocena of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Academy won second.
The four-day affair was another successful effort of SAPC in partnership with other agencies to open the young minds of Paduan towards utmost concern for the environment.