Ecological Dimension



Fostering Environmental Stewardship: A Closer Look at Local Initiatives

A significant aspect of the environmental conservation efforts in the region is the establishment and enhancement of nursery in partner school, Pedada Elementary School had embarked on this journey. The school received a substantial SEA counterpart of Php 10,000.00 to support the establishment and improvement of the nursery.

The financial assistance provided by SEA serves as a catalyst for these schools to create and maintain nurturing environments for young plants. The funds are used for procuring essential materials, implementing sustainable practices, and ensuring the overall success of the nursery programs. This collaboration between schools and the SEA program exemplifies the power of community-driven initiatives and underscores the importance of collective efforts in preserving our environment.

As these schools actively participate in environmental projects, the ripple effect is evident not only in the increased green cover but also in the growing environmental awareness within the community. Students, teachers, and parents alike are becoming ambassadors for environmental sustainability, spreading the message of responsible stewardship beyond the confines of the classroom.

The success of the initiatives at Pedada Elementary School serves as a testament to the positive impact that local, community-driven environmental projects can have. It is a reminder that every small step, when taken collectively, contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. As these initiatives continue to grow and multiply, they inspire hope for a greener and healthier planet for generations to come.

Building a Sustainable Tomorrow: Environmental Initiatives in Brgy. Punta Buri

In response to the pressing climate emergency, Brgy. Punta Buri has embarked on a series of impactful environmental governance initiatives, uniting diverse stakeholders for a common cause. A recent Climate Emergency Symposium, attended by 94 participants from partner schools, brought together pupils, Sangguniang Kabataan officials, high school and college students, teachers, parents, ESSA staff, and SEA staff. This symposium served as a crucial platform for discussions on climate-related issues, fostering awareness and encouraging proactive environmental stewardship. The group gained insights into the current state of our environment, becoming aware of the pressing issues we face. They were apprised of the limited time remaining on Earth, now situated in the midst of the 6th extinction. Additionally, the participants engaged in workshops, breaking into smaller groups to deliberate on necessary actions, recognizing the urgency of the situation we find ourselves in.

The commitment to environmental consciousness extended further with Environmental Forums held at key institutions. A session at Punta Buri Elementary School engaged 35 participants, focusing on instilling environmental responsibility and sustainable practices among the younger generation. A dedicated Environmental Forum with the Barangay Development Council (BDC) brought together 35 attendees, facilitating a dialogue on local environmental concerns and fostering collaboration between the community and local governance.

These environmental initiatives underscore Brgy. Punta Buri’s commitment to a sustainable future. By engaging diverse stakeholders through symposiums and forums, the community is not only raising awareness but also building a united front against environmental challenges. The collaborative efforts reflect a shared responsibility to protect and preserve the environment for future generations.

Culasi National High School Sets Sustainable Development Example in Organic Rice Outreach Program

Culasi National High School recently concluded a transformative culminating activity in Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Ajuy, Iloilo, setting a powerful example for participatory governance and sustainable development. The focal point was a seminar on Organic Rice Production, facilitated by Ma’am Nida Salazar and CNHS Senior High School students. This initiative aimed not only to empower local farmers but also to create a “Demonstration Effect” inspiring other sectors and LGUs to embrace community engagement and sustainable practices. Through active student participation and a commitment to holistic development, CNHS showcased the potential of education to drive positive change beyond the confines of the school, leaving a lasting impact on the community and serving as a model for others to follow.


“Environmental Guardianship in Action: Culasi National High School and Punta Buri Community Lead Mangrove Planting and Coastal Clean-up Initiatives”

The commitment to environmental stewardship was evident in recent initiatives, including Culasi National High School’s impactful Clean-up Drive and Mangrove Planting event. This endeavor not only contributed to the immediate cleanliness of the surroundings but also aimed to enhance the coastal ecosystem through mangrove planting. Similarly, the Punta Buri Coastal Clean-up Drive exemplified a community-driven effort to preserve and protect the coastal environment. Both activities underscore the importance of collective action in fostering environmental sustainability and instilling a sense of responsibility for the well-being of local ecosystems.

MAY 2018 TO APRIL 2019

Environmental Awareness through Training and Forums

A Youth Forum on Climate Change, featuring Ms. Sheila R. Castillo from Mentor Climate Reality Project, engaged 112 student leaders from various courses on September 20, 2018, at NIPSC Ajuy Auditorium. Additionally, Disaster Risks Reduction Management Training and Nursery Establishment and Seedling Production Training played crucial roles in educating students and parents on environmental stewardship.

Preserving Nature: Tree Planting and Coastal Cleanup Initiatives

In a concerted effort to promote environmental stewardship, multiple coastal and mangrove cleanup initiatives were organized in various locations. The cleanup drive in Barangay Nabalian, Barrido, Ajuy, engaged a substantial turnout of 310 participants, led by Culasi National High School. Additionally, Brgy. Pantalan Nabaye orchestrated a cleanup with 38 members, under the leadership of Johnny Cristobal. Moreover, the community celebrated International Coastal Cleanup Day in collaboration with Barangay Pedada Fisherfolk Association and the Zoological Society of London’s Philippines chapter. This event saw the active participation of 56 students and parents from Pedada Elementary School, emphasizing the collective commitment to maintaining the cleanliness and ecological health of coastal areas and mangroves.

Cultivating Green Spaces: Establishment of Tree/Mangrove Nursery

Pedada Elementary School took a proactive step in environmental conservation by establishing a Nursery structure. Under the guidance of Mr. Leo Balasote, the teacher-in-charge, students actively participated in gathering manure from their surroundings, contributing to the development of a sustainable tree/mangrove nursery.