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Al Qalam Institute conducts Youth Climate Change Action Plan Workshop

By: Sahane I. Mokalam

PAGALUNGAN, MAGUINDANAO / October 29, 2020 – The Al Qalam Institute of the Ateneo de Davao University in partnership with United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) Pagalungan Chapter conducted Youth Climate Change Action Plan (YCCAP) Workshop, a series of learning sessions for the youth towards climate change action held at Sangguniang Bayan Hall, Municapal Hall of Pagalungan on October 23, 2020.

Advocates for sustainable Liguasan, Pagalungan area participated in the activity together with some LGU staffs of Pagalungan.

This workshop was a plenary session in preparation for the upcoming phase two of the Project Liguasan: Youth Empowerment towards Environmental Justice and Governance which will have main event entitled Kampo Liguasan: Bangsamoro Youth Eco Camp on October 28-30 to be held at Bitiala Center, Kalanganan II, Cotabato City.

The plenary sessions were aimed at addressing the existing environmental issues in Cotabato City, Datu Odin Sinsuat and Pagalungan. One of the important part of the workshop is mapping of environmental issues.

As the workshop went on, the participants willingly discussed environmental issues in Pagalungan with their group mates.

Lots of environmental issues were identified and elaborated by the workshop participants during the presentations.

Janessa B. Kutin, Admin Officer V, expressed her gratitude to the participants as well as to the activity. “I am very happy to all of you because you enlightened us,” she said,

“We are not aware of some of the issues mentioned in your outputs” Kutim admitted.

She also pointed out some environmental issues of which the LGU of Pagalungan has already done some interventions in order to address those.

“We already have drainages but the problem is in the maintenance. However, we have ordinance for that in order to maintain it” she added.

Another representative from LGU, Zainodin Mamasabulod, Municipal Tourism Officer shared his insights to the existing environmental issues.

“Maybe we can contribute in terms of discipline of oneself. We can help the government through having a discipline” he said. “It may be a simple action, however its impact can bring change” he underscored.

One of the AsuL advocates, Zahra Yntissar Mamasabulod ,shared her gratitude to be one of the participants to the YCCAP Workshop. “I’m happy and blessed to be part of this activity. Thank you, Al Qalam. Because of this, we learned a lot from it” she said.

In his closing remark, the Municipal Chairman of the UNYPAD-Pagalungan Chapter, Badrudin Manalinding, said, “We, the UNYPAD, already know the existing environmental issues in our municipality. We just don’t know how to address it” he said.

Manalinding also expressed his gratitude to the Al Qalam for choosing UNYPAD as one of their local partner organizations.