Youth org to discuss environmental issues in nat’l confab

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TAGAYTAY CITY, April 15, 2014 – Zeroing in on a key issue, the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines (SCAP)’s next leadership conference on April 30 to May 4 at the Talavera House of Prayer, Basak, Cebu City will focus on climate change.

The 11th National Leadership Conference (NLC) , the triennial gathering of SCAP student leaders from all over the country, will carry the theme “SCAn ako, LAy’ko” (Leadership in Action youth ako) and the sub-theme as “Renewal of the Laity, Paramount is Climate Change”.

Effects of climate change

“As we celebrate the Year of the Laity, we have thought to focus also our youth on ecology, as our organization’s five areas of concern also include socio-economic and ecological issues,” explained Frence Boiser, administrative officer of SCAP’s National Secretariat, adding that the conference focus on the environment is very timely since the country had been experiencing the effects of climate change in the recent decade with typhoon ‘Yolanda’ being the most recent.

Citing that the focus on the environment is in line with Catholic social teachings, Boiser stressed, “This would also help the young to realize the Gospel teaching on our role as stewards of God’s creation.”

Boiser also revealed that in the 2007, the World Council of the International Young Christians Students (IYCS) chose SCAP to head its Committee on Global Advocacy, Climate Change, Human Rights and Poverty.

Another highlight of the 11th NLC is the “Search for SCA Earthkeepers”, which aims to form a group of role models who portray strong commitment towards the promotion and preservation of the environment through relevant projects.

Prior to the 11th NLC, an advocacy event, dubbed “Takbo Alay sa Kalikasan” will also be sponsored by SCAP and will take place on April 27 in Cebu City.

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will celebrate the event’s opening mass in the afternoon of April 30.

On May 1, an environmental exposure will be held in several locations in Cebu City, namely, Archival Eco House; RAFI Tree Nursery; WOW USJR/Inayawan Dumpsite; and the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary, which is facilitated by SCA Alumna, Atty. Alma Aparece of the University of Bohol Office of Planning and Development.

Open House Sessions

Highlighting the events are the open house sessions, which will start on May 1.  The keynote address will be given by Naderev “Yeb” Sano, the Philippine Climate Change Commissioner, who is known for his emotional address before the U.N. climate talk negotiators in Warsaw, Poland immediately after typhoon ‘Yolanda’ made land fall in the country.

On May 2, SCA Local Chaplain Fr. Serge Maniba will give a theological reflection on Catholic social teachings on the environment.

In the afternoon, specialized parallel group sessions will be facilitated by Marie Sol Delantar-Gonzalvo of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation-Kool Adventure Camp on “Tatak SCAn Ako” (Personal Branding); and  Arlen Salgados-Ca?ares of STEP UP Consulting Services on “Ang Pera ni Juan at Juana” (Financial Literacy).

Mr. Stephen Nellas of the Light of Jesus Community will also facilitate the plenary talk on “Youth in the Laity”, to be followed by a synthesis and pledge of commitment by alumnus SCAn Mr. Cyril Lituanias of the De La Salle University Manila Pastoral Office.

For inquiries,  visit their official website: http://www.scaphilippines.com (Mark Vertido)



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