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Ateneo Envi Youth Camp goes “wild” with nature

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Venturing the great wild in the outskirts of the city, 99 participants from Region 9 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 (AdZU-SACSI) held April 4-8, 2017 at Scout Limbaga Camp in Pasonanca this city.

The five-day camp kicked off with a parade participated in by the 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 leaders that care for the world and the environment.

Camp Convener and SACSI Environment Program Officer Welma O. Omboy, added that during the camp, participants were trained in coastal and upland resource management, and moldedto become stewards in conserving, protecting and sustaining the environment.

With the theme, “KasamaKa: Kabataang Sama-Samang Maglilingkod Para Sa Kalikasan,” the camp also sought to instil in each participant values to motivate them to be involved and to 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)-IX; Dr. Dante Oporto, Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer; Pedro Melchor Natividad, OIC Regional Director of the Department of Education (DepEd)-IX; Asec Paul Anthony Pangilinan, Commissioner-at-large of the National Youth Commission (NYC); Fr Angel Calvo, Chairman of ZABIDA; and Director of the AdZUBacatan Library LynnieCalingacion.

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-IX, DepEd-IX, 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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