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Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative Jose Luis Fernandez (5th from the left) with students and faculties from Mary Mount High School
The challenge to invest more in forest education, even as he encouraged young minds to become forest scientists, foresters and policy-makers in the future sounded like a marching order by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to planners and the youth in a speech delivered for him recently at the Trinoma, North Avenue, Quezon City, by DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Southern Luzon Reynulfo Juan before an audience composed mostly of students and millennials, as the Philippines led by the DENR and the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) joined the rest of the world in the observance of the International Day of Forests.
“Forest and Education” is this year’s theme of the International Day of Forests held every 21st of March since its proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The theme corresponds to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 Quality Education and SDG 15 Life on Land. The Collaborative Partnership on Forests selects a theme that would encapsulate forest contributions to the 200 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Guided by the assigned theme, countries pilot various local, national, and international initiatives involving forest-related activities.
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No less than the president of the Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development based in Washington, DC., Durwood Zaelke , retired chief justice Hilario G. Davide Jr., noted environmental lawyer Antonio A. Oposa, Jr. have extended their congratulations and commendation to Barangay Bel-Air, Makati through its chair, Ms. Constancia Lichauco for initiating early this year an edible rain garden in the village.
In a letter sent through the Pasalamat sa Katauhan, these environmental stalwarts lauded chairperson Lichauco noting that “it had to take the nurturing nature of women, under your leadership, to implement laws that have long languished in the sickbed of non-compliance. We admire the noble effort of your officers and residents- men and women of modest hearts and minds-to put the idea into practice.”