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15 January 2020 OISCA holds annual Children's Forest Program (CFP) National Workshop

Written by: Fe T. Nadado

The Organization for Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) conducted its annual OISCA Children's Forest Program (CFP) National Workshop last November 27-30, 2019 at OTTAA Nueva Vizcaya Reforestation Project in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya with the theme "Today's Youth: Enhancement of Biodiversity Conservation Efforts and Carbon Sequestration Potential Appreciation". It aims for the youth to 1) acquire basic knowledge about biodiversity and its conservation; 2) gain insights and be able to experience first-hand how biodiversity is measured in the selected reforested areas; 3) immerse in activities putting oneself in communion with nature; and 4) utilize art as means of promoting biodiversity conservation in local communities.
The workshop had 101 participants composed of elementary and secondary students and teachers from OISCA CFP partner schools, OISCA Coordinators and staff and Resource Persons from the University of the Philippines - Los Baños and PNVSCA. They came from the provinces of Abra, Ilocos Sur, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quezon, Palawan, Camarines Norte, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Compostela Valley, Zamboanga del Norte and National Capital Region.

CFP is an international program that educates school children and communities about the environment through tree planting and other related environmental activities. All partner students, teachers and OISCA Provincial Coordinators are volunteer stewards of forests and Biodiversity in their respective communities. In coordination with the Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Education (DepEd); and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), CFP conducts environmental awareness seminars, reforestation - tree planting along national highways and watershed areas, clean up drive and mangrove planting in coastal areas as well as gardening and vermi-composting in schools and OISCA Training Centers.

The workshop equipped the participants to be better stewards of God-given services through lectures and exercises on Learning, Discovering and Sharing Biodiversity: Valuing for Conservation with emphasis on the importance of trees in carbon sequestration. Ms. Fe T. Nadado of PNVSCA also presented to them the overview of the Agency and important role of volunteers in the nature conservation. The participants on the other hand, renewed their commitment to the OISCA Children's Forest Program, share their workshop learning with family, friends and community and to reach out for more volunteers to join CFP's endeavor for the conservation of the biodiversity for the next generation.

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