Philippine Red Cross taps youth for climate change campaign

By Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha
SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Philippine Red Cross La Union – San Fernando City Chapter will conduct a three-day camp for students on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
Julie Ann Hipona, chapter project officer, said the camp from January 16 to 18 is part of the organization’s disaster management services.
“The event is aimed to increase youth awareness on disaster risk reduction and management,” Hipona said.
The students will come from 19 elementary and high schools covering six towns in the province namely Caba, Bauang, Aringay, Santol, Luna and the host town Tubao.
“The cam will gather 15 to 20 participants per school together with three focal teachers,” Hipona said.

Aware of the climate change advocacy campaign of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Philippine Information Agency, the PRC-La Union has asked the PIA to provide a puppet show on climate change adaptation and some materials for their film viewing.
Part of the camp are series of lectures on disaster risk reduction, solid waste management and hygiene and sanitation and the role of youth in disaster resilience.
Various competitions will also be held like poster slogan making, collage making, banner making, poem making, quiz bee and jingle making, among others.
“Aside from being educational, the camp will be interactive and fun since all the participants are members of the PRC,” Hipona said. (MCA/JNP/PIA1 La Union)

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