More than 50 high school students from four different schools in Puerto Princesa join the first Sustainable Development Goals Youth Camp (SDGYC) in the province. (Photo courtesy of Edilberto Magpayo)

(UPDATED) The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) through the Environmentally Critical Areas Network (ECAN) Education and Extension Division conducted a two-day youth camp in the province aimed at strengthening the awareness of the youth on the importance of achieving the targets of four U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These are “Goal 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production which aims for food security; Goal 13 on Climate Action to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change; Goal 14 on Life Below Water which is about effective management of marine areas to reduce overfishing, marine pollution, and ocean acidification; and Goal 15 on Life on Land which is about the management of forests and combatting desertification.”

More than 50 high school students from four different schools in Puerto Princesa City participated in the two-day Sustainable Development Goals Youth Camp (SDGYC) in the province, PCSD said Saturday.

Youth campers listen toEdilberto “Edong” Magpayo as he gives his lecture about the effects of single-use plastics on the ecosystem. (Photo courtesy of Edilberto Magpayo)

Executive director Nelson Devanadera of the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) Staff told Palawan News that the camp aims to strengthen the awareness of the young people on the importance of wildlife.

“Iyong mga eskuwelahan din ang pumili ng the best students that they have. Basically, it was education with fun. Para naman siyempre ‘yong mga kabataan siyempre they are very active, recreational ang dating ‘with fun’. May mga masters camper na naga-guide sa kanila tapos may mga security din tayo from the marines para naman secure ‘yong lugar,” said Devanadera.

Youth campers during an activity at the SDGYC. (Photo courtesy of Edilberto Magpayo.)

The camp was free of charge and with gifts and souvenirs for the students.

Devanadera said a Wildlife Savers Club (WSC) was also established during this two-day activity of which all the students who attended became its member.

“They are now informed of the importance of wildlife sa Palawan tapos bakit ang Palawan ay one of its kind in the country. In the picture sila ‘yong mga elder group within the family so mai-inform nila ‘yong kanilang mga kapatid na mga bata-bata pa sa kanila, at ang kanilang mga magulang din ay maari rin nilang ma-inform,” said Devanadera.

He said this October 18 to 19 activity was conducted at the PCSD’s Training Institute in Barangay Irawan.

Devanadera said they will be tapping more public schools next year for the second SDGYC.

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