LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, Jan. 30 — The provincial government, through the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC), held its first campus tour aimed at increasing environmental awareness among Pangasinenses, especially the youth.
This was done with the staging of the first of a series of environmental concerts, dubbed as "Konsyerto sa Kampus: Musika Ng Kalikasan, Handog sa Kabataan, at the University of Luzon in Dagupan City last January 28.
Governor Amado Espino Jr., a special provincial environment and natural resources officer, said the concert is consistent with the vision and mission of his administration to strengthen the response capability of the people in times of disaster and calamities.
A true environmentalist, Espino is dubbed as a Makakalikasan (environmentalist) governor.
Retired Col. Paterno Orduna, PDCC executive officer, recalled that from 1992 to 1995, when Espino was still the provincial director for the Philippine National Police in Pangasinan, he spearheaded the Save Lingayen Gulf Movement or SLING.
SLING was an environmental awareness program to save Pangasinans coastal areas and river systems from degradation through man-made causes.
Orduna said when Espino was congressman in the 2nd district of Pangasinan, he again headed a program on environment called Green the Mountains Again (GMA) where over one million trees were planted in various areas of his district.
Through the Konsyerto sa Kampus, the provincial chief executive believes that the youth can well deliver the message on the importance of environment through their music.
Aside from the concert, the PDCC also provided audio-visual presentations on climate change and the presentation called "Pangasinans Golden Age."
Prof. Sonny Elegado, University of Luzon director for Student Affairs, said the event was very timely and relevant.
It is a very laudable program for our youth to imbibe in their young minds their collective duty of protecting and preserving Mother Nature, he said.
On the other hand, Civil Defense Regional Director Eugene Cabrera said that with the program, Pangasinenses will not just be passive onlookers but active members of the community equipped with the necessary awareness in case of disasters and calamities.
The PDCC said other Konsyerto sa Kampus are slated in other colleges and universities in the province. (PNA)