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Gov. Evardone appoints 200 youths as Junior Ambassadors of Environment

By BRYAN MONTES AZURA
November 9, 2009

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar  –  Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone appointed some 200 young people from various schools in the province as Junior Ambassadors of Environment as part of the province’s effort to convey the message of the importance of preserving the environment during the Youth Congress on Climate Change held at the Provincial Capitol on Wednesday, this municipality.

Governor Evardone during 1st Provincial Youth Congress on Climate Change
Gov. Ben P. Evardone shares some encouraging words to some 200 Eastern Samareño youths who partook on the 1st Provincial Youth Congress on Climate Change held during the celebration of the 44th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Eastern Samar.

In his message to the youth participants, the governor stressed that evidences of changes on climate due to the degradation of the environment not only in the country but the whole planet are already obvious. “We need to preserve our environment,” the governor said.

He further stressed that the issue on climate change is encompassing as it affects everyone from all walks of life. “This issue is close to my heart, your heart and everybody’s heart as this affects us all,” he said.

The governor continued that his administration did not just initiate the said forum for the young people “not just to protect the environment but to secure the future.” “If you don’t do something today, you might have no future to look forward to,” Evardone said.

The congress, a highlight of the 44th Founding Anniversary of the Province of Eastern Samar, was attended by around 200 secondary and tertiary students from different schools in the province. According to Dorinda Labro of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO-Eastern Samar), an environment advocate and one of the resource persons during the youth gathering, the planet is running against time. “If there is a time to act to fight climate change, is should be now,” Labro said.

Analiz Solis of Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAG-ASA) main office, also a resource person of the said event, said that the weather bureau has already recorded more frequent and bigger weather disturbances. Temperature has already slowly increased as per record compared to previous years.

Though weather authorities vary in their interpretation whether the change of climate are results of the so-called global warming, the governor said that everybody should get involve in preserving the environment.

“Your appointment will be on voluntary basis but this will serve as an opportunity for you to share your talent, time, resources and heart,” Gov. Evardone challenged the newly appointed ambassadors.

Sentay Quiorio, Provincial Tourism Officer and facilitator of the said gathering, said that while there’s no definite description yet as to the function of the junior ambassadors, but what’s definite is they should serve as advocates of the environment. “Even in little ways such as starting discussions on climate change among their peers and being conscious especially in garbage disposals can already be a meaningful contribution as far their appointments are concerned,” Quitorio said.

The governor said that the group will be an added force to the advocates from the media, academe, Church, NGOs, GOs and Pos in the battle against climate change.

Anjettes Capada, Student Council President of Dolores National High School, said that her appointment as environment ambassador will give her the chance to prove that even young people as her can do something for the environment. “I should be a model to my fellow students and youth,” she said. “With the availability of new technologies such as internet and cellular phones, I’ll inform my friends to be more caring to our planet so that we will still have a future to see,” Capada said.