Chief MSD of DENR PENRO Romblon Ms. Veronica D. De Guzman serves as one of the resource speaker on the symposium entitled “Awareness on Prevalent Issues: Child Abuse and Sexual Harassment, Cyber Crime and Human Trafficking and Environment Protection and Mining” organized by Guidance and Placement Services and Gender and Development, Romblon State University held at the Audio Visual Hall, RSU Main Campus, Odiongan, Romblon on August 19, 2016.

            The objective of the activity is to raise awareness to the freshmen students of the university regarding the current environmental issues affecting the different levels of society.

            At 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon, MSD Chief, Ms. Veronica D. De Guzman represents the DENR as the primary agency tasked to spearhead the protection, conservation and management of environment and natural resources. She delivered a topic entitled “Environmental Protection vis-a-vis Mining in Romblon” which captures the audience interest. At first, the flow of presentation focuses on the different natural resources which the Philippines is abundant of, especially those found in the Province of Romblon. Some of these are forest resources giving emphasis on Mt. Guiting-Guiting Natural Park found in Sibuyan Island that offer a rich and diverse flora and fauna most of which can only be found in the island dubbed as the Galapagos of the Philippines. It covers 3 Municipalities namely Magdiwang, Cajidiocan and San Fernando. Another is the coastal resources with the picture-perfect landscape of long-white beaches framed by a magnificent green background. With these presentations, the audiences were amazed for what Romblon possessed. In the middle of the discussion, the speaker presented the main cause of destruction of these resources; it is the Man and the Needs of Man. It is the unlimited wants of man seemingly never satisfied. It is the man posing the greatest threat to our environment and natural resources. Then, mining and updates on mining in the Province of Romblon was presented. The students raised questions which show so much interest in the mineral resources present in the province. Finally, a good thought was left to the audience before the discussion ends; that everyone is part in the protection, conservation and management of environment and natural resources and, that mining has a big role on our economic growth; it is on us how we should grow progressively without damaging the remaining natural resources.

            The lecture ended at 4:30 in the afternoon.

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