The Lake Mainit Development Alliance (LMDA) is the lead organization of the Philippines – Australia Community Assistance Program – Focal Community Assistance Scheme (PACAP-FOCAS) projects in close collaboration with its Secretariat. The team composed of LMDA and PACAP-FOCAS Secretariat targeted the eight public high schools in the Lake Mainit cluster for the “Lake Environmental Symposium” to the municipalities of Sison, Tubod, Mainit and Alegria for Surigao del Norte and Kitcharao, Jabonga, Santiago and Tubay for Agusan del Norte. This is a part of the manifested mechanism that would somehow help in the management and conservation of the lake and the surrounding ecosystems.
Of the eight targeted public high schools, LMDA started the environmental symposium to Kitcharao National High School on October 17, 2007; Alegria National High School on November 27, 2007; Jabonga National High School on January 17, 2008 and Santiago National High School on January 21, 2008. The activity was actively participated and supported by the students and faculties of the mentioned schools.
The symposium envisioned delivery of information about the current scenario of Lake Mainit and its watershed cutting across the international concern on global warming in a context of a young mind. It gives warning about the adverse effects of Global Warming and how it could be mitigated from becoming worst.
Though LMDA and its partners have information, education campaign components in every project implemented but oftentimes the parents/adults are the listeners living the youth uninformed. Through this endeavor information is delivered directly to the youth who are the future managers of our environment.
The next environmental symposium will be conducted soon to the identified and targeted secondary schools in the municipalities of Mainit, Sison, Tubod and Tubay by February or June 2008. (Omar C. Barillo, FOCAS Project Coordinator)