DCWD empowers youth through environment camp

DCWD empowers youth through environment camp
Davao City Water District together with its Water Ambassadors and DCWD Youth volunteers conducted its annual Youth ECOngress last April 26 to 27, 2018 at DCWD’s Malagos Park. This year’s 136 participants all came from the watershed areas maintained by DCWD and were all beneficiaries of the Tulong Aral ng DCWD, a learning intervention that provides monetary incentives to DCWD’s elementary and high school scholars. The camp aimed to educate and raise the awareness of the youth in watersheds, water safety, and disaster risk reduction management.

Lectures were given by Forestry Assistant A. Elven S. Apor who pointed out the significance of watersheds as the source of water in the city; DCWD’s Quality Control Assurance Chief Alma Judith J. Canson who presented DCWD’s efforts in ensuring that the water that reaches the customers is in good quality; and the Office of the Civil Defense’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Management Unit head Eirene S. Canlom who discussed disaster preparedness and risk reduction and the implication of disturbances in the watersheds in people’s security. In all these lectures, the speakers highlighted the key roles that the youth play in every topic, of which the participants and teachers affirmed during the commitment night.

These sessions were concluded by an open forum where the participants showed much concern on the status of the environment and asked for few disaster tips.

On the second day, the Suroy para sa Kinaiyahan or an eco-tour was done as part of the camp. In this tour, the participants visited some of DCWD’s facilities including the Malagos dam and the slow sand filtration system where they learned how DCWD transports the water from the watershed to the households through its surface water source.

Capping the event was the Proyekto Para sa Kinaiyahan. The participating schools were asked to craft environment-driven school-based campaigns that would answer existing environment problems in their communities. These campaigns are to be part of the second year of #YouthActTayo later this year, which is a citywide competition that recognizes the environment-initiatives of the youth.
(Shaira Angelica S. Magno)