By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
In an effort to strengthen awareness of the basic education sector on climate change and its effects, the Department of Education (DepEd) is set to host the 3rd National Climate Change Conference (NCCC) this November.
DepEd, through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Service (DRRMS) coordinators, will hold the conference with the theme, “From Lessons to Actions: Bridging Schools to Communities, Toward Addressing Climate Challenges,” this coming November 18.
In connection with this, the Climate Action Advocacy Show will also be held on November 19 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.
Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua, in DepEd Memorandum No. 148 s. of 2019, noted that the conference and the show also aim to “increase participation of learners and DepEd personnel in addressing climate change concerns of communities” and to “highlight the need to declare climate emergency and thus call for appropriate action.”
Pascua added that the NCCC and the climate show also aim to “provide a venue for showcasing innovations on climate change adaptation and mitigation” and will “facilitate discourse and collaboration among learners, industries and social entrepreneurs, academe, civil society, and other stakeholders.”
The conference, Pascua noted, will “showcase policy proposals, advocacy campaigns, and technological innovations of high school students.” He added that the show will highlight the perspectives of learners on the climate crisis. “Both activities will strengthen partnership among stakeholders from national government agencies (NGAs), international and national civil society, industry, and academe to respond climate crisis,” he explained.
Pascua said that the target participants will be DepEd DRRM coordinators, regional directors (RDs), schools division superintended (SDSs) and central office directors or their representatives from NGAs, members of the academe, industry partners, climate action advocates, and DRRM practitioners.
In 2018, resource speakers for the NCCC were from the Institute of Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), Climate Reality Project PH, and University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) shared their knowledge and expertise on the global and local climate situation, and the importance of involving schools in climate action.
High school learners also showcased their innovations on climate change adaptation through an exhibit held in parallel with the presentation of 10 professional researches.
The NCCC is carried out as part of the Climate Change Consciousness Week celebration.
In last year’s NCCC, DepEd-DRRMS Director Ronilda Co highlighted the importance of involving the learners and schools in increasing awareness, and creating a bigger impact on climate change adaptation and mitigation. “We aim to make this event bigger next year, showcase these student-led innovations to industries, and create a contest on solving related problems through innovative solutions,” she ended.