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27 September 2019 2019 Children’s Forest Program Goodwill Ambassadors Visit PNVSCA

Written by: PCMED

(L-R): OISCA staff Maylyn Abubo, PNVSCA officer Klariza Alcantara, PNVSCA Officer-In-Charge Corazon Macaraig, CFP Goodwill Ambassador Clifton Igualdo, CFP Goodwill Ambassador Chersey Bangayan, OISCA CFP Coordinators Mark Anthony Peralta and Norma Tundan, and PNVSCA officer Fely Baday
On September 2, 2019, the Organization for Industrial, Spiritual, and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) Children’s Forest Program (CFP) 2019 Goodwill Ambassadors Clifton Igualdo and Chersey Bangayan and OISCA CFP coordinators paid a visit to PNVSCA to share their experiences in their recent Japan exposure.
OISCA-CFP was established in 1991 as a tree planting experience. Since then, CFP activities have grown to include a variety of activities to engage school children and communities in more than 30 countries and territories. Grade 6 pupils Clifton Igualdo and Chersey Bangayan from La Trinidad Central School in Benguet and Upper Lapu-Lapu Elementary School in Palawan, respectively were chosen as 2019 Goodwill Ambassadors of the program. Accompanied by OISCA Coordinators, Mr. Mark Anthony Peralta (for NCR) and Ms. Norma Tundan (for Palawan), they visited places in Japan such as Tokyo, Yamanashi and Nagoya.
During their 10-day visit, the goodwill ambassadors were exposed to different activities and were able to visit schools and well-established companies like Mitsubishi and Japan Airlines. They also took part in planting trees, vermicomposting, recycling, wood craft making, and waste segregating.
The ambassadors and OISCA CFP coordinators agreed that the high regard for discipline and cleanliness of the Japanese people is something worth emulating in their respective schools. PNVSCA Officer-In-Charge Ms. Corazon Macaraig said that this exchange program is a good opportunity to instill the value of environmental awareness to young children by exposing them to a different culture and place, reinforcing that no matter where you are, you only have one planet to live in.
The OISCA CFP is set to have their national conference in November 2019 in Nueva Vizcaya.

My CFP Goodwill Ambassador Program Experience in Japan
By Chersey Bangayan
“Marami akong natutunan na maganda sa Japan ang disiplina at kalinisan, nagkaroon kami ng mga bagong mababait at disiplinadong kaibigan at nakita ko doon ang napakalinis nilang kapaligiran pati ang mga basura ay pinaghihiwalay at pinapangalagaan pa nila ito and kanilang kapaligiran pati ang mga bundok nagtatanim sila ng maraming puno at hindi sila nananakit ng mga hayop pinapangalagaan pa nila ito at napakaganda ng pagwelcome nila sa amin kahit kami ay mga simpleng tao lang sila ang dapat nating tularan. At tutularan ko ang mga taong kahit matataas na ang posisyon ay hindi pa rin nagmamatas, may pangangalaga pa rin sa kapaligiran, pag-uwi ko sa aming lugar, sasabihin ko sa pamilya ko, kaibigan, kakilala at mga kaklase na gawin namin kung ano ang natutunan ko sa Japan, at makijoin sa OISCA CFP Program magtanim pa ng maraming puno.”
(I learned many good things in Japan particularly discipline and cleanliness. We made new friends who showed us kindness and care for the environment by segregating trash, planting more trees in the mountains, and treating animals kindly. They warmly welcomed us despite our being simple people. I will emulate the humility of those noteworthy figures we met; that even if they have already reached high positions, they still take care of the environment. I will share to my family, friends and classmates back home the things I have learned in Japan; and encourage them to participate in the OISCA CFP Program to plant more trees.)

From Clifton Igualdo
Ang aking natutunan ay ang pagiging disiplinado ng mga hapon. Sila din ay magalang sa kanilang kapwa tao. Ang CFP Program ay isa sa tumutulong sa mga bata sa buong mundo ang kahalagahan ng kagubatan at ng kalikasan. Sa Japan kanilang inaalagaan ang kanilang kagubatan sa pamamagitan ng pagtatanim ng mga puno at paghihiwalay ng mga basura. Sobrang linis sa Japan sapagkat ang lahat ay tulong tulong sa paglilinis at napakadisiplinado ng mga bata hanggang matatanda. Ang pagiging Goodwill Ambassador ay isang magandang karanasan sapagkat marami akong natutunan lalong lalo na ang pagmamahal sa kalikasan at dapat itong ibahagi sa aking mga kamag-aral at komunidad,
(I learned how disciplined and respectful the Japanese are. They are courteous to everyone. The CFP Program is a vehicle that helps children around the world by instilling in them the importance of taking care of the environment by planting trees and waste segregation. Japan is very clean because everyone, both the young and old, works hand-in-hand to keep their country clean. Being a Goodwill Ambassador is a great learning experience for me because I learned a lot especially the love for environment and natural resources. I ought to share this insightful experience to my classmates and my community.)

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