The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges the youth leaders to actively participate in initiatives that would help their communities build resiliency and mitigate risks from disasters. Speaking before over 120 youth leaders, local youth development councils and state workers during the Youth for Resilience training in Balanga, Bataan, DENR Chief of Staff and Supervising Undersecretary for Strategic Communications Marilou Erni encouraged participants to learn about environmental conservation, and the risks faced by their communities from natural disasters. Participants at the DENR-organized training took part in a variety of lectures and activities designed to spread knowledge and awareness about disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience-building, and the principles of DRR action plans. Apart from DENR officials, non-governmental group U-INSPIRE representatives also served as resource persons during the event. U-INSPIRE Philippines is an alliance of youth and young professionals working to support Disaster Risk Reduction. As a culminating activity, the youth participants joined the DENR in cleaning the coastlines of Balanga Wetland in Barangay Tortugas, Balanga City, Bataan in celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup.
- Published: 16 November 2023