Some 1200 Palawan State University (PSU) students listened to lectures on Environmental Awareness Campaign held Sunday at the PSU gymnasium. (Photo courtesy of Edilberto Magpayo // Pilipinas Shell Foundation Inc)

Some 1,200 National Service Training Program (NSTP) college students from Palawan State University (PSU) attended an Environmental Awareness Campaign (EAC) held at its gymnasium on Sunday.

Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Incorporated (PSFI), in partnership with PSU and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), hosted an environmental campaign focusing on the 9 Ecological Principles; Republic Act (RA) 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management; and Marine Debris Focus on Plastic Pollution and its Effect to Wildlife.

PSFI’s Turismo At Negosyo Dulot ng Ingat KAlikasaN (TANDIKAN) project officer Edilberto “Edong” Magpayo said that this is the 3rd EAC forum conducted just this year to reinforce the youth’s role in environmental preservation and conservation.

“Kailangan mas maging responsable sa ating mga kilos at galaw na may kaugnayan sa pangangalaga at pagprotekta ng ating kalikasan o kapaligiran; magbigay respeto, igalang at sundin ang mga batas o ordinansa para sa kapaligiran gaya ng ating anti littering law at city ordinance on banning Single-Use-Plastic” Magpayo said.

Puerto Princesa City Ordinance 993 was also discussed to inform and prepare the students during the “transition” period as the ban on single-use plastic and styrofoam is expected to go full-swing come April 2020.

The EAC, with the theme “Everything in this Planet is Interrelated, Everything Connects to Everything Else”, was conducted in line with the Environment Awareness Month celebrated every November.