Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) recently hosted two events in a row, barely two weeks apart, lobbying for education for environmental conservation and climate change mitigation.
The first of which was the 2nd Western Visayas Green Summit held last February 5-6 at the Nature’s Village Resort, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, and the second, more recent 8th International Conference and Scientific Meeting of the Philippine Network of Educators on Environment Inc. (PNEE) on February 17-19 likewise conducted in the same venue.
The Green Summit was attended by a varied demographic including students, professors, researchers, community extension coordinators, local government units, and non-government organizations who have one heart to alleviate the current problems of the planet and to devise technologies that are geared towards sustainable development.
On the other hand, the International Conference was graced by educators and some students from private and state-owned colleges and universities all over the entire Philippines and some parts of the world who are focused on raising the next generation with a keen awareness of the measures that must be taken to rescue the earth.
At its very core, CHMSC practices 5 green dimensions in its operations: green campus, green community, green technology, green research, and green culture—all designed to propel the College forward by leaps and bounds while still maintaining a high regard for environmental preservation and protection.
The Green CHMSC Movement was launched in 2012 by then newly invested SUC President II Dr. Renato Sorolla who brought his green, environment-friendly vision as a strategic direction for the Science and Technology College.
The Green Summit was founded consequently by the College itself in November 2013, and was employed as a means to reach out to the rest of the stakeholders in the region to collaborate and advance the cause of environmental education.
On the other hand, the PNEE is a non-stock, non-profit organizational network of educational institutions, research centers, professional groups and individuals as well as non-government organizations working with programs to promote environmental education awareness.
The organization develops collaborative activities towards a sustainable management of the country’s natural resources, and as such, CHMSC was excited to be elected as the host for the annual international conference that travels from one host province to another each year.
One of the highlights of the International Conference was the plenary speech of Ms. Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez, the Chairperson of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc., who coined a catchphrase for her vision—“Pwede Pala!”—which emphasizes that every Filipino can ignite and unite for social entrepreneurship.
According to Ms. Gina Lopez, “Social entrepreneurship is making money with a social conscience”, and she further added that, “the beneficiary would be the people in the community.”
CHMSC as the leading Green Institution in higher and continuing education unceasingly labors towards the realization of its mandate, vision, and mission, and partnerships with such likeminded institutions and individuals as PNEE and Ms. Gina Lopez is crucial in the advancement of its Green CHMSC Movement.