Youth group in T’boli town promotes a toxic-free community

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As part of the celebration of Environment Month, the Environment Stewards Organization (ESO), a youth organization from T’boli National Secondary School in South Cotabato City, has launched a campaign environmental awareness training, tree planting activities and leadership development training aimed at environmental advocacy. sustainability and preservation.

With the aim of involving young people in the preservation of nature, ESO was founded in October 2014 through the efforts of the Principal of T’Boli National Secondary School, Mrs. Mila A. De Leon, Mayor of T’Boli Dibu Tuan, Ministry of Environment and Datu Tungko Saikul, Director of Natural Resources Region 12 (DENR), and four other officers.

Young participants during the ESOil Project tree planting activity at Purok Saging, T’Boli, South Cotabato on December 5, 2020. Photo by Environment Stewards Organization Facebook page.

Environment Stewards Organization is an environmental youth organization that aims to empower young leaders to be the voice of youth in promoting a toxic-free community through the expansion of ESO-BBT and the creation sustainable networks.

The organization also organized several other activities to meet the needs of the community, such as Bangon JuOne Ph, a relief operation for the victims of the typhoon, and the ESOil project, a tillage, cultivation and planting activity. of trees.

Young participants during the ESOil Project tree planting activity at Purok Saging, T’Boli, South Cotabato on December 5, 2020. Photo by Environment Stewards Organization Facebook page.

ESO’s first activity as an organization is the implementation of solid waste management at T’boli National High School in 2014. The group also organized a school nature festival to help their school become a institution concerned with the environment. As of 2022, ESO has approximately 100 members, residents and alumni.

The organization has also partnered with BAN Toxics to promote a toxic-free society. Through the Toxics-Free Schools Program (TFSP), BAN Toxics has organized training sessions for ESO members for global toxics-free advocacy. The partnership paved the way for the expansion of the organization to ESO-Batang Bantay Toxics (ESO-BBT). ESO-BBT advocates for both environmental protection and the sound management of chemicals.

Joy Rodriguez and Rebo Salvalosa (LR), ESO-BBT coordinators and teachers at T’Boli National High School, pose for toxic-free schools.

“Fun activities related to awareness and environmental awareness motivate young people. We ensure that the campaign we run is creative and enjoyable for participants. We ensure that it is engaging and young people are equally gifted, such as innovative activities that are trending, such as using social media as a platform for awareness. And, of course, young people are very concerned about preserving the environment as long as they have the right platform and voice,” says ESO-BBT Coordinator Mr. Rebo Salvalosa. (BAN Toxics, Inc.)

“ESO is always committed to “bringing young people, schools and communities into a cleaner, greener, safer and healthier environment”. The organization is committed to continuing its commitment to a toxic-free world. Salvalosa added.

ESO-BBT has qualified as a finalist for the TAYO 18 Awards, the 18th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards research by the TAYO Foundation. ESO’s WAITT @ Home: ESO’s qWARantine Challenge has been recognized by the awarding body for its valuable contribution to youth during the pandemic.

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