Eighty-six (86) elementary and highschool children from Barangays Luz, Lahug and Mabolo trooped to Lahug Elementary School gym last Thursday, April 30, 2015 to learn more about river ecosystem and also develop their poster-making skill. The PCAPI7 Foundation Inc. together with the Barangay Luz Youth Coalition, Task Force for Youth Development and the Student Alliance of Graphic Artists of CTU have organized a Poster Making Class with the theme “The River and I”. The aim of the activity was to raise awareness of the youth sector on the importance of rivers.
Feedback by the children after the event was immensely positive. Aside from enjoying themselves, they learned a lot. Catherine Homecillo, 13 years old, said, “Akong nakat-onan katong connect-connect. Nakat-on ko na kita tanan sumpay ta, kung wala ang usa wala pud tanan. (I learned from that activity “connect – connect”- exercise on river ecosystem food web. I learned that all of us are connected. If one is not around, all will not be around as well.)
“Why are rivers important?” Dexter Antiligando, 11 years old, answered, “Importante kaayo ang river nato para naa tay ma-inom. Kung walay river dili maporma ang watercycle.” (The rivers are very important to us so we have water to drink. If there are no rivers the water cycle will not be formed.)
The Poster-Making Class is the first of four (4) summer activities lined up by PCAPI7 Foundation Inc. to teach children about river ecosystem. The next activity which is the Poster Making Contest is scheduled sometime in May 2015. Select children from the Poster Making Class are the target participants.