The celebration of Science Month this September, spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd), will culminate with the holding of YES-O Congress on the 26th and the 27th this month.

Ms. Rose Eden Calaor, Science Supervisor for Secondary Education in Iloilo, said the observance of Science Month is anchored on the theme:”Adapting to Diverse Science Cultures for Development” brought about by increasing global concern for environment and climate change and the need to take concerted actions.

Calaor said the DepEd Division of Iloilo has issued Order No. 72, s. of 2003 declaring September as Science Month and requiring schools to undertake activities manifesting efforts in protecting, safeguarding and conserving the environment.

This year’s celebration will be highlighted by the YES-O Congress at the Cabatuan National Comprehensive High School to be attended by about 3,000 students from all over the province of Iloilo.

Activities will include pre-Congress and Congress Day events, to include spelling contest, lecturettes, film showing, on-the-spot PoeTREE Writing, Poster Making Contest and essay Writing which will focus on Rainwater Harvesting, Oration Contest, Science Quiz Bee, Olympics, and Tree Planting.

Five high schools in the municipalities in the Tigum-Aganan Watershed Area will be presenting creative interpretations of Impact of Climate Change on different aspects of life.

Pavia National High School will present impact of Climate change on Flooding; Sta. Barbara National High School on climate Change and Ground Water; Cabatuan National High School on Climate Change and Health and Sanitation; Oton National High School on Climate Change and Agriculture; and Alimodian National High School on climate and Potable Water.

The overall theme of the YES-O Congress is “1 2 TREE 4 LIFE which stands for Lasting Initiative For the Environment. ”

Meanwhile, President Gloria Arroyo has included members of the academe in pressing ahead for a massive Green Philippine Environment Plan that includes reforestation, preservation of reefs and waterways and one that scrubs land and air of pollutants that endanger the health of citizens.

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