By Roi Lomotn
VALENCIA, Negros Oriental (PIA) – Twenty-eight student leaders in Negros Island have completed the three-day Binhi Youth Camp (BYC) held recently in this town and organized by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC).
EDC is a renewable energy firm that operates a geothermal power plant in Valencia town.
The name of the camp was taken from Binhi program, the greening legacy of EDC which aims to replant and restore native tree species.
Now on its third year, the BYC continues to educate youth leaders on environmental preservation, benefits of renewable energy through geothermal power, emergency response, leadership and careers.
“We have three-day activity composed of lectures ranging from geothermal operations, about the Binhi, and career guidance lectures,” said Binhi 2016 Camp Commander Jingo Sobrevilla.
The 28 campers came from different schools namely, Colegio De Sta. Catalina De Alejandria, Negros Oriental State University, St. Paul University Dumaguete, Foundation University, STI-Dumaguete, Asian College of Science and Technology, Silliman University in Negros Oriental, University of St. La Salle, Carlos A. Hilado Memorial State College-Alijis, Bago City College, La Consolacion College-Bacolod, Visayan Maritime Academy, Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod, John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation, and West Negros University – Systems Technology Institute in Negros Occidental.
The campers had a lecture on the role of youth in social media by Manuel Angulo, marketing assistant of Drink Communications.
In his talk, Angulo encouraged his audience to use social media responsibly and use it as a platform to express thoughts particularly on issues about the environment
“In social media we have a voice. There are social issues we care for deeply that come out on social media. Activity on social media is only meaningful when responsible,” Angulo said.
On the other hand, EDC’s Disaster and Crisis Team Head, Dr. Ted Esguerra, also gave campers tips on disaster preparedness and emergency response.
Apart from lectures, the campers were also engaged in different physical activities like tree planting that took place on the 2nd day of the camp.
The campers planted around 40 seedlings of native tree species namely Molave, Narra, Nato, White Lauan and Yakal.
On the third day, campers had an “Amazing Race” where they experienced rapelling, wall climbing, knot tying, “bakya” race and other mind games which part of the challenges of the race.
Twelve former campers now called EDC Binhi Youth Champions helped in facilitating the three-day camp.
Throughout the three-day camp, campers were allowed to post their experiences, learnings, photos in their respective social media accounts to further promote the advocacy in the internet. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on Nov. 7, 2016)