LINGAYEN---The provincial government thru the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council held its first campus tour aimed to increase environmental awareness among Pangasinenses, especially the youth, with the staging of an environmental concert at the University of Luzon in Dagupan City last January 28.
Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. said this series of concerts dubbed as Konsyerto sa Kampus “Musika Ng Kalikasan, Handog sa Kabataan,” is a vision and mission of his administration aimed to strengthen the response capability of the people in times of disaster and calamities.
A true environmentalist, Gov. Espino is dubbed as a Makakalikasan governor as Ret. Col. Paterno Orduna, PDCC Executive Officer recalled that in 1992 to 1995 when Gov. Espino was still the provincial director for the Philippine National Police, he spearheaded the Save Lingayen Gulf or SLING, an environmental awareness program to save Pangasinan’s coastal areas and river systems.
When Gov. Espino was a congressman in the 2nd district of Pangasinan, he again headed a program on environment called Green the Mountains Again (GMA) where over one million trees were planted in various areas of his district.
Through the Konsyerto sa Kampus, the provincial chief executive believed that the youth can well deliver the message on the importance of environment through their music.
Aside from the concert, the PDCC also provided audio-visual presentations on climate change and Pangasinan’s Golden Age.
As this developed, Prof. Sonny Elegado, UL Director for Student Affairs, said the event is very timely and relevant. “It is a very laudable program for our youth to imbibe in their young minds their collective duty of protecting and preserving Mother Nature,” he said.
On the other hand, Civil Defense Regional Director Eugene Cabrera said that with the program, Pangasinenses will not just be passive onlookers but active members of the community equipped with the necessary awareness in case of disasters and calamities.
The PDCC said other Konsyerto sa Kampus events are slated in different colleges and universities in the province.(PIO/Angie D. Villanueva)