After a week-long SWM Campaign fronted by the Central Student Government’s SWM Council, an SWM Awareness Program was held on the afternoon of August 18, 2012 at the HNU Lesage Gymnasium which was participated by CWTS students and other interested Holynamians.Mr. Vincent Louie Raotraot, CSG President, delivered the welcome address of the afternoon’s affair. He explained the purpose of the campaign, stating that the SWM Awareness week was conducted in response to the school administration’s solid waste management campaign which already started during the previous school year. He then ended his welcome remarks with a pick-up line which the crowd responded favorably.
Ms. May Frances Petalcorin, Chairman of the Solid Waste Management Council, introduced the guest speaker for the afternoon’s event who was no less than the OIC of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), Mr. Nelson M. Canda.The provisions of the Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Act of 2000, the gradual effects of wastes on the climate, temperature and sea level, and the importance of the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle – were among the topics and issues that were given importance in his talk.
After the encouraging talk given by the speaker, a video presentation was shown portraying the ill-effects of climate change and the ways and means to minimize it. The occurrence of such act is a result of human’s indecency and abusiveness to the global environment and a change of such behavior is needed to save what is left to preserve our planet.
The Vice President for Academic Affairs, Fr. Vicente L. Uy, SVD, gave his inspirational message and discussed about the Solid Waste Management campaign of the school. He also admired Mr. Raotraot’s pick up line and ended the speech with his own which the students credited as well.
The awarding of the winners of the two contests followed thereafter. The committee heads of the two contests, both members of the CSG’s Executive Department, were Ms. Nikki Charmaine Reambonanza for the Photo Contest and Mr. Errol Jan Enerio for the Video Making Contest.
The members of the Board of Judges for both contests were Mr. Henry Nerizon from Exquisite Photography, Mr. James Famador and Mr. Edilberto Alfarero. The following were announced as winners of the Photo Contest: 1st Place – Ms. Gretchen Mercado (College of Business and Accountancy); 2nd Place – Mr. Kyle Ganzon (College of Computer Studies); 3rd Place – Mr. Ronald Niño Monton (College of Engineering). For the Video Making Contest, the winners were: 1st Place – RLV Productions (College of Engineering); 2nd Place – Franklin’s Angels (College of Business and Accountancy); 3rd Place – Indolent Productions (College of Business and Accountancy). All of the winners were given cash prizes and certificates of recognition.
Ms. May Frances Petalcorin then gave her closing remarks as a conclusion to the event, and thanked everyone for a job well done. She also challenged all students to continue being a part of the Solid Waste Management Campaign in order to maintain environmental sustainability. As Mr. Raotraot’s pick up line goes, “Basura ka ba? BAKIT? Kasi kahit pa rin tinapon na kita, responsibilidad pa rin kita.”