STUDENTS of Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) in Talisay City, Negros Occidental sought explanation from concerned government agencies on how to address ecological imbalance.
This came after the CHMSC conducted its culminating activity in observance of the Social Awareness Month on March 1 where they related the ecological imbalance to the existence of illegal structures inside Northern Negros Natural Park and the continuing encroachment of Energy Development Corporation in Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.
They were also alarmed that the proposed coal-fired power plant to be put up in the province will push through.
They said that our government agencies should act on these issues and to advance their constitutional right to have a balance and healthful ecology.
The culminating activity was collectively organized by Greening CHMSC Task Force headed by their chairman Rhoderick Samonte, alongside students of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major in Social Science and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) major in Hospitality Management who are taking up the course in Cultural Anthropology guided by their instructor Ma. Victoria Violanda.
The said event aims to educate, empower, and introduce to all the participants what are the Greening CHMSC Task Force Vision, Mission, Goals, and Objectives (VMGO), and be socially aware of the current trends and issues affecting our environment.
Different students from different departments attended the event.
The program started with an opening prayer, followed by the national anthem, and welcome remarks by the Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Jay B. Estrellas.
There were three speakers for the event, namely Pastor Ariel Garzon, Randy James Rojo, and Angela Lapastora.
Pastor Garzon, who is taking up B.A. in Social Science, discussed the Laws of Ecology.
Rojo, co-founder of Goes, focused his talk on Ecological Workshop with emphasis on current environmental issues.
While Lapastora encouraged her fellow students to actively participate in all the programs of Greening CHMSC Task Force to achieve their VMGO.
Greening CHMSC has a vision to become a leading Good governance, Research-oriented, Extension-driven, Education for sustainable development, and for Nation-building Institution in higher learning by 2030, continue their commitment to educate and empower their students to become Competitive, Compassionate, Environmentally Responsible, Nation Builder and Engaged Citizen.