Bill pushing for the creation of an Office of Environmental Education filed

February 23, 2013 1:00 am 

MANILA, Feb. 22 — A lady legislator has filed a bill creating an office intended for the environmental education and training of all sectors in Philippine society.

Rep. Ma. Theresa Bonoan-David filed House Bill 6838 that establishes the Office of Environmental Education, which shall be a regular division of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).

“The alarming rate of environmental degradation today underscores the need to preserve and protect the ecological foundation of Mother Earth,” Bonoan-David said.

Bonoan-David said the bill would create a massive and comprehensive education and training campaign needed for the success of public policy on environmental issues. Through popularization of the issues, private initiative in the protection of the environment will be enhanced, Bonoan-David said.

According to Bonoan-David, the office shall develop and implement a national integrated and comprehensive action plan for environmental education and training and encourage understanding of policies and support of activities design to enhanced environmental quality and maintain ecological balance.

It shall also formulate and prescribe expanded and varied program of curriculum development to include value formation and behavioral change on environmental concerned issues for school, colleges and universities and provide support for the initiation and maintenance of programs for environmental education for the general public.

The office shall likewise design and conduct massive information dissemination campaigns and environmental education and training programs; exercise such other functions as may be necessary in pursuit of its mandate; and deputize or request the assistance of appropriate government agencies, local government units and non-governmental organizations for the purpose of implementing this act.

Bonoan-David said the office should be headed by an executive Director who will be appointed by the President upon the recommendation of the Secretary of DENR.

The bill also creates the National Environmental Education Advisory Council composed of representatives appointed by the respective Department Secretary and University President who shall serve as ex-officio members. These representatives will come from the DENR, Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and University of the Philippines (UP). (PNA)



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