Students urged to protect Bukidnon’s forest thru storytelling
MALAYBALAY CITY (BukidnonNews.net/15 March 2020)— Students in the province were urged to help protect the forest by sharing stories in the “Youth as Keepers of the Forest” seminar held March 7 at the Central Mindanao University.
Dennis D. Rosales, project officer of the Forest Foundation Philippines, said they must be active protectors of the environment especially that Bukidnon has the 9th highest forest cover in the country with 10,498.59 sq. km.
“Inculcating the meaning of forest protection enables the youth to contribute for change through storytelling,” he said.
Inquirer reporter Jhesset Thrina Inano urged students from CMU, Bukidnon State University, and San Isidro College to write community stories on environment that could make an impact to the readers.
“What happens to our environment affects us all,” she said. “That’s why it’s vital for young generation to become curious about the things happening in their community.”
One of the tips she gave is to “know the right questions about environment.”
In his talk, Alo Lantin of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines stressed some environmental problems such as famine and water shortage.
He said, “It’s quite alarming how natural resources decline with time, especially the forest which lost about 47 hectares in the Philippines per year and 18.7 million hectares worldwide each year.”
As for Bukidnon, problems include illegal logging, kaingin, and animal hunting, said Jo Victoria Kristy R. Cruz, biologist from the Mount Kitanglad Range Natural Park.
“We should not rely only on the IPs who actively guard our natural resources in Bukidnon,” she said. “All of us need to work hand-in-hand.”
Ria Tagle, project manager of Edukasyon.ph, said students can tell their stories about caring for the environment in general—how they love it and protect it against various violators.
Sponsored by Edukasyon.ph and Forest Foundation Philippines, the workshop ended with an essay writing competition where students explored solutions to different environmental problems in their respective communities.
IN PHOTO: Trail at the Bukidnon Forests Incorporated. (Photo by Earl Bolivar)