RPDO HOLDS SEMINAR -WORKSHOP

The first in Western Visayas – the UNO-R Sea Scouts was launched in Balag Resort, Campomanes Bay, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental last July 30, 2015 to August 1, 2015. The UNO-Recoletos RPDO in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched the UNO-R Sea Scouts Training (Adapted from De La Salle University Sea Scouts Module 1 Training). The training is the second part of the project “Education and Training in Integrated Coastal Management of Selected Coastal Barangays in Bacolod City” under the DILG Technical Assistance Program for Local Resource Institute (LRI). It was participated by 19 children aged 10-14 years old from the different coastal barangays of Bacolod City; namely, Barangay Sum-ag, Barangay Tangub, Barangay Punta Taytay, and Barangay Singcang-Airport. With the children are their advisers from the different DepEd schools in Bacolod City – Ms. Moonyeen Borres of F.R. Flores Elementary School, Ms. Je-ann Gemarino of R.A. Medel Sr. Elementary School, Ms. Ma. Leda Apoyon of Sum-ag Elementary School. Present during the training were Ms. Ma. Marilen Madamesila and Ms. Gloria Fabrigas, CAS faculty members. Mr. Kevin Clyde Ong of the UNO-R High School Department, and Ms. Jeca Grace Santos of the UNO-R Elementary Department, for they will be part of the UNO-R Sea Scouts Core Group in the succeeding trainings. The UNO-R Research Team composed of Dr. Mona Freda Secondes, RPDO Director; Ms. Ma. Cecilia Mercado, RPDO External Research Coordinator; Dr. Ma Elena Doruelo, faculty of the College of Education; Ms. Lilyn Estrada, faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Ms. Caryl Vina Jabasa, faculty of the College of Criminal Justice Education spearheaded the event. Dr. Wildredo Licuanan, the Chair of DLSU Biology Department and Director of DLSU Shields Marine Station, and Dr. Maricar Samson, the Chair of DLSU Research and Development Office-Integrated School, together with the DLSU Research Team – Ms. Ysadora Mendoza, Dr. Maria Angeli Diaz, and Ms. Michelle Reyes, conducted the training. The children undergone series of trainings on – “A glimpse of the world under”, “The Coastal Habitats: The Coral Reefs, The Marine Plants: Mangroves and Seagrasses”, “The Bounty of Our Ocean”, “Coastal Disasters – Tsunami”, and “Managing Our Coasts”. Prior to the field activity, the participants were oriented by Sipalay City Marine Sanctuary Bantay-Dagat regarding the coast and the marine sanctuary.   After the three-day training, the participants graduated and received special awards. School supplies and slippers were also given to the children. Each of the Sea Scouts received a whistle and cap as a symbol of their commitment and calling of inspiring young minds to become leaders of environmental stewardship, and a shirt as a symbol of their expression of service towards the preservation of the environment.                 The RPDO Research Team is grateful for the support of the DILG, the UNO-R Administration, the partner colleges: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Education; and College of Criminal Justice Education; the University Community Development Office Supervisor – Ms. Mely Flores; the CCJE Alumni and Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary Personnels – Triscia Mae Bajala and Kevin Christopher Bandiola, and the CCJE Student Council; the DepEd Principals of Sum-ag Elementary School, F.R. Flores Elementary School, R.A. Medel Sr. Elementary School, J.R. Torres Elementary School, and UNO-R Basic Education Department; the Sipalay Mayor Oscar Montilla, the Sipalay Tourism Office; the Sipalay Bantay Dagat; Mr. Nathaniel Celiz of the Sipalay Mayor’s Office; the Coca-Cola Bottlers Company; the Chowking Restaurant Company; Ms. Hazel Farrol; Dr. Reymund Sabay; Dr. Ma. Corazon Acaba; Mr. Francis Jose Bearneza; Mr. Anton Raymund Agbay; Mr. Bong Jakosalem; Mr. Aljin Villanueva, Ms. Ester Joy Macoy, Ms. Cecille Arra Villar, Mr. Justin Ceasar Esperon, and Mr. Divine Divinagracia. (RPDO)