Compostela youth cited for zero waste project

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A youth project aimed at achieving zero non-biodegradable waste was awarded by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) with the “Youth on the Move” award.

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The Youth Council of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in Compostela Valley province received the citation for its project proposal that aims to adapt to climate change and address catastrophes.

The Compostela youth’s “5 K RCY 143 Project” was designed not only to increase awareness of the Red Cross movement in all 11 municipalities of Compostela Valley, but also to provide communities with ecological solid waste management practices to achieve zero non-biodegradable wastes disposal by end of 2016.

It will be implemented in local communities with the support and collaboration of the local government, schools, households and the Red Cross Youth 143 councils in schools and Red Cross 143 volunteers in the municipal and district levels.

The Philippines’ entry won as runner up in one of the four categories identified by the IFRC for the Youth Award 2015, which is “Adapting to climate change and addressing catastrophes.” Fiji’s “Junior Red Cross Climate Change Education” project was declared the winner in the same category.

Aside from the category where the Philippines won, the other categories for the Youth Award 2015 were: Live our principles, celebrate our diversity, change our community; Healthy youth make a healthy world; and Bridging the digital divide—connecting people through technology.

The Compostela Youth Council won 2,000 Swiss francs as start-up money for the project implementation, a laptop computer to be used specifically for the awarded project, 20 hours coaching during the project duration, and technical support provided by the IFRC technical coordinators and departments during the project implementation phase.

The Youth on the Move award was established by the Youth Commission of the IFRC since 2005 to recognize the contribution of youth volunteers as key agents of change in society and for their contribution to the collective humanitarian work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement all over the world.

The award was presented during the Youth Award 2015 held during the IFRC General Assembly in December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The award was received on behalf of the Compostela Valley Youth Council by PRC Governor Corazon Alma de Leon, PRC board of governors secretary.

Compostela Valley Chapter Youth Council President, Maria Elisha Pond, together with chapter board of directors Louie Zerrudo and Ludovico Abellar, and chapter administrator Joseph Randy Loy, received the award from PRC Chairman Gordon and Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang during the PRC 31st Biennial National Convention on April 15, 2016.

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