With the theme, "Reducing Our Carbon Footprint", the YES Camp (Ako ay Handa Series) emphasizes the significance of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts and focuses on how each individual, school and community nationwide can contribute in reducing the carbon footprint. It is anchored on Republic Act No. 9512 (Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008) and Republic Act No. 9729 (Climate Change Act of 2009).
It seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- learn more about Climate Change and Global Warming and the various Mitigation and Adaptation efforts especially as regards reducing carbon footprint;
- inculcate among pupils, students and teachers the importance and relevance of reducing the carbon footprint as a doable and practical way to mitigate and adapt to the changing world;
- develop pupils' and students' deeper awareness on the state of the environment, focusing on significant issues and concerns;
- encourage pupils' and students' active participation and determined concrete action in the protection, preservation and rehabilitation of the environment;
- instill environmental values in every pupil and student to motivate actual involvement in worthwhile programs, projects and activities for the environment; and
- strengthen the implementation of the YES Program pursuant to DepEd Order No. 52, s. 2011 entitled Strengthening Environmental Education in Public and Private Schools and DepEd Order No. 93, s. 2011 entitled Mandated Programs, Projects and Activities, Various Forms, and Targets Pertinent to the Youth for Environment in Schools Program.
Activities during the YES Camp include fun plenary sessions, interactive break-out sessions with action planning, outdoor activities and contests such as Speech Choir, Environmental Quiz, Debate, SAYAWIT (Sayaw at Awit sa Kalikasan), On-the-Spot Poster-Making, Search for the Lakambini and Lakan ng Kalikasan, YES-O Exhibits and Spotlight featuring YES-O success stories on environmental initiative and action based on DepEd Order No. 93, s. 2011. The Camp also features the Kabataang Bayani ng Kalikasan Awards and the YES Program Awards pursuant to DepEd Order No. 52, s. 2011.
Participants to the camp are the officers, members and teacher-advisers of the Youth for Environment in Schools-Organization (YES-O), Supreme Pupil Government (SPG) and Supreme Student Government (SSG), other interested pupils, students and teacher-advisers of other school-based organizations implementing environmental programs, projects and activities in both public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide, including school heads and supervisors handling Science.
Travel of participants shall be on official business. A registration fee of Four Thousand Pesos (P 4,000.00) only shall be charged to each participant to cover accommodation and meals from dinner of Day 1 to breakfast of Day 4, use of venue, lights and sound services, training kits, certificates, reproduction of modules, trophies, cash prizes, transportation, honoraria of speakers, facilitators, guests, and entertainers, T-shirts and bags, supplies and materials, and other incidental expenses of the Camp, chargeable to local funds/local school board funds, SSG developmental funds (for SSG officers only) or sourced from the Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs) and private organizations.
The regional directors (RDs), schools division/city superintendents (SDSs) and school heads (SHs) are encouraged to send participants to the YES Camp.
The schedule of activities, contest guidelines and the mechanics of the YES Program Awards are contained in Enclosure Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively.
For details, all concerned may contact Ms. Maria Magnolia Q. Danganan, DENR-Special Concerns Office-Youth Desk at telephone nos.: (02) 927-6336; (02) 929-6626 local 2036 or send a message through email address: youthdesk~a denr.gov.ph or email@example.com.