To jumpstart the new year, Foundation University through its Guidance and Evaluation Office, has launched a waste management and conservation campaign for Banica River through a series of lectures and a clean-up drive, respectively, last January 6 to 7.
“Juan Water, Juan Life: Help Save Banica Project,” is in line with the existing advocacy of the University entitled, “Banica, Atong Suba” which promotes water conservation and preservation of the main water resources and watersheds in the community.
The said month-long activity is aimed at changing the mindset and values of people in the barangays and the youth in order to become responsive and vigilant in the conservation of the environment, especially Banica River as well as the various living organisms in mountains, lakes, rivers, seas and oceans.
Apart from that, the project encourages close collaboration with the local government units and people’s organizations in implementing new programs and existing laws on conservation and protection of the environment.
As a school-based campaign in cooperation with the Peer Facilitators’ Circle, the program is also geared at empowering student leaders to work for the implementation of sustainable development initiatives for the betterment of the community.
Last January 6, the campaign was launched through a series of lectures on the Current Situation of our Water Resources and Basic Marine Ecology (Natasha Kunesch); Basic Ecology (Paul B. Cariño); What has been done?: Water Conservation Initiatives and Environmental Campaigns (Aidalyn Celis-Arabe) and Waste Management Talk and Recycling (Romualdo Señeres II) followed by a tour in Liptong Woodlands owned by local environmentalist Rene Vendiola, Candau-ay Dumpsite and at the Waste-Water Treatment Facility in Calabnugan, Sibulan.
The following day, January 7, a clean-up was initiated by the organizers and the students rive along Purok Banikanhon, Colon Extension in Brgy. Taclobo – the community near the University’s main campus.