“Train the minds of the young the way they should go in their perspective for the environment for when they grow they will not depart from it. “ A contemporary adage patterned from the Holy Bible to mould the youth in taking part in the management and protection of the environment. The concept has been made alive through the conduct of Environmental Forum for students held at the auditorium of PUP, Manila on June 19, 2019 with the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.” The event is part of the month long celebration of Environment Month.

Jacqueline A. Caancan, CESO IV, Regional Executive Director of DENR-NCR in her opening remarks congratulated the students who were present for choosing to be at the forum and  even proclaimed them “Mapalad” because of the knowledge they will gain.

RED Caancan made mention of an alarming statistics relating to Air Pollution in accordance with the pronouncement of World Health Organization (WHO ), that about 7 Million people around the globe die of Air Pollution every year. “The Philippines being the top 3 marine polluter among countries worldwide also ranks 3rd in terms of deaths due to air pollution,” Caancan said.

The celebration is a result of the integration scheme between and among agencies of DENR including EMB-NCR. Arbor Day which gives emphasis on the importance of trees was also tackled in the forum together with some practical ways and means on how to beat Air Pollution which include vertical, roof top, portable/center island gardening; proper maintenance of vehicles, protection

timberlands, provision of green spaces in highly urbanized cities, among others.