The WMSU College of Forestry and Environmental Studies (CFES) conducted an environmental forum for higher education institutions (HEIs) in Region IX on September 24 at the moot court, College of Law Building, WMSU campus.
It was part of a series of fora that was meant to raise the awareness of participants on the nature and causes of climate change, and how to mitigate its impact on human lives. Other similar foras have been previously conducted for WMSU’s college student leaders, secondary students and utility workers.
At least 25 HEI representatives regionwide, attended the forum. They signed a statement of commitment expressing their desire to advocate and implement activities that would minimize the effects of global warming, at their level.
Resource persons were: Prof. Ardel Barre, chair, Department of Environmental Studies, CFES who spoke on “RA 9729 or the Climate Change Act”; Ms. Maribel Enriquez of PAG-ASA local station, on the “Current State of Climate Change in Zamboanga Peninisula”; Mr. Mustanzir Majoorsa of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau, Region IX, on the “Assessment of Area Vulnerabilty in Zamboanga Peninsula”; and Engr. Allan Rommel Labayog, Science Research Analyst of Philvocs, Zamboanga City, on “Disaster Risk Management for Zamboanga Peninsula”.
Spearheading the activity was the CFES faculty and staff led by its Dean, Prof. Fredelino San Juan.