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NASSA sets national conference on environmental protection

The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Action Justice and Peace (ECSA-JP) National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) will hold a National Conference on Environ-mental Protection and Promotion of the Integrity of Creation on August 26 to 29 at the Mibang Hotel, Sta. Filomena, Dipolog City.

The conference expects to gather over 50 participants from all over the country, including Diocesan Social Action Center representatives, ECSA-JP personnel, speakers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and from the academe.

Through the event, the Commission aims to:

    * Get acquainted with the different programs and projects implemented by the network and to discuss issues and concerns along these initiatives,

    * To analyze persisting and emerging environmental problems at the local and national levels,

    * To learn how NGO's, academe and other organizations respond to issues and implement projects on ecology,

    * To obtain a critical understanding of the program thrusts and policy directions of government line agencies relative to the network's ecology programs and strategies,

    * To reaffirm the Catholic Churches mandate and appeal to protect the environment and preserve the integrity of life and creation,

    * To attain a consensus definition of the program priorities and thrusts that the participants shall commit to pursue along the areas of education/consciousness formation, community-based development projects, and social advocacy campaigns,

    * To form a structure that will best respond to issues on ecology,

    * To build mutual understanding of NASSA's policies and guidelines in delivering services to the members of the network.

On the first day of the conference, the participants will be given introductory activities, orientation and briefing.  The first input, State of the Philippine Environment, will be discussed on the second day. Other issues to be tackled include: The State of Philippine Mining – Laws , Policies Programs and Issues, Legal Perspectives on Environmental Issues, The State of Philippine Forest Management and Forest and Watershed Rehabilitation.

Further concerns will be taken up on the third day, which consist of The State of Coastal and Marine Resource Management, Coastal Resource Management: Experiences and Issues, The State of solid Waste Management, Solid Waste Management: Issues and Alternatives. Simultaneous open forum and workshop will occupy the afternoon of the third day session.

Input 10, Theological Reflections and Input 11, Ecology Program Framework will be discussed on the last day of the 4-day activity. The event will culminate with a Eucharistic Celebration.

 

 

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