ILAGAN CITY, Isabela: The Eco Rangers of the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park or NSMNP unveiled their respective conservation campaigns and projects to the general public during the Eco Ranger Gallery and Awarding event last January in Isabela province.
Developed and organized through the Philippines Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program, a project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and conducted by Haribon Foundation, the Eco Ranger program focuses on encouraging the youth to become active stewards of our environment. In the Province of Isabela and Ilagan City, the program tapped twenty (28) students from various schools surrounding NSMNP.
The students were exposed to conservation, project management, and leadership modules to acquire essential skills to promote sustainable conservation of natural resources and develop and implement conservation plans and within the NSMNP.
Students from 13 secondary schools presented various activities in their project gallery during the said gallery event.
San Mariano High School in Tumauini with the project title “Plant More Knowledge” garnered 1st place, “Teach A Child Program” of Ilagan West National High School ranked 2nd place while Isabela National High School copped 3rd place with its project “Lend a Hand Care for the Creek”.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) William Savella encouraged the Eco Rangers and Eco Guardians (high school teachers) to continue their noble contribution in protecting the environment.
He lauded the B+WISER program for its environmental interventions and in coming up with the project activities.