PATLEPAM Region 3 Coordinating Center: Towards Building a Green Community
emi_clsu | 2010-07-04 04:37:00 PM

For the period covering November 2008 to present, the PATLEPAM Region 3 Regional Coordinating Center thru the Environmental Management Institute has been dedicated to its mission of spearheading activities that foster environmental conservation and protection.

Policy advocacies

In commemoration of the  Philippine Environment Month, and pursuant to the provisions of and in accordance with the strict implementation of the Clean Air Act (Republic Act [RA] 8749), Solid Waste Management Act (R.A. 9003) and Clean Water Act (R.A. 9275), EMI initiated a policy advocacy on the ban of the use of plastics for food safety and environmental and public health. This proposal aims to minimize the use of plastics inside the campus. Ultimately, the main goal of this pilot project is to make the university the first “plastic-free” campus in the province and in the region as well, within two years after its implementation.

Furthermore, EMI also initiated the policy advocacy on paper conservation practices for the different units in the university.

International environmental celebrations
CLSU also joined in commemorating the World Water Day and Earth Day.  A public screening of the documentary film “Blue Gold: World Water Wars” was held on March 23, 2009 at the IGS mini theater. On the other hand, “Signos” was shown during the Earth Day Celebration.

National Research Partner
    The Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE) tapped EMI as one of their National Research Partners (NRP) for the project entitled “Rapid Site Assessment of Zambales Mountain Ranges”. This was a four-month research study on the bio-physical, socio-economic and geo-political situation of the aforementioned mountain ranges.

Other completed researches were as follows: “Using Agricultural Biomass Wastes for Energy and Materials: A Resource Conservation and GHG Emission Reduction Biomass Assessment and Compendium of Technologies Project” These researches were undertaken in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme- Japan and Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), respectively.
Alternative energy sources in the campus

    With the leadership of Nueva Ecija Governor, Hon. Aurelio Umali and the initiative of the university president, Dr. Ruben C. Sevilleja and spouses Drs. Annie Melinda and Ronaldo Alberto, CLSU has been awarded with 60 units of solar-powered street lights. At present, these street lights shed light along Maharlika Highway.

Furthermore, as part of environmental education and awareness, EMI established and developed a demonstration area for Biogas Technology as a source of bio-energy at Conservation Park.

A step closer to combating Climate Change    

    On August 18, 2009, CLSU acted as the host in the Nueva Ecija Pre-Climate Change Public Forum Consultative Meeting in the Rice-Based Farm Systems which was participated in by local government units, non-government organizations, government organizations, and academic institutions in Nueva Ecija to discuss the efforts of their respective agencies regarding climate change adaptation. This was a prelude to the Nueva Ecija Climate Change Public Forum Consultative Meeting in the Rice-Based Farm Systems held last August 28, 2009 held at Guimba, Nueva Ecija. A total of 150 farmers all over the province joined in the consultative meeting. This activity was convened by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) and Ox-Fam and Environmental Management Institute (EMI).

Plant trees….save lives…..

Tree planting activities are regularly being conducted as part of the extension activities of EMI together with the “Kalikasan para sa Puncan” (Kapuncan), a non-government organization based in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

The advocacy of the group is to save Mt. 387 through tree planting activities. Rekindling the spirit of “bayanihan”, the residents of Puncan together with the students of CLSU joined hands in planting trees in the aforementioned area. Soil erosion is very rampant in Carranglan especially in Putlan. This activity serves as a wake up call for the students on the devastating impacts of soil erosion as well as giving them an opportunity to save precious lives of Puncan residents by planting trees. 

Scholarship Grant

The young generation is our potent force in turning the tide of environmental degradation. Empowering them could mean chances to abate environmental collapse. Recognizing this potential, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto worked for the approval of Sen. Manuel Villar Scholarship Fund amounting to P 1M for MS in Environmental Management students. Among other beneficiaries included 10 CFY students with Full Scholarship, 10 students with Semestral Scholarship and 15 graduating students given with Thesis Support.

An “eco-friendly school”  

CLSU has reaped its fruits for its effort towards environmental conservation and protection, as it was recently adjudged as the regional winner for the Search for Eco-friendly and Sustainable School. This was sponsored by EMB, DENR, CHED, DepED, and SMART Communication. The university will represent the region as the regional tertiary level entry for the National Level Competition with awarding rites on November 2009. The administration, together with the faculty, staff and students have high hopes that the university can bring home the bacon in the aforementioned national competition.

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