For years, the European Union (EU) has been an active partner of the Philippines in strengthening its policy framework for sustainable development.

On June 6, 2017, the EU, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Department of Energy (DOE) converged at the Crowne Plaza Manila to introduce various knowledge products tailored to the learning needs of schools to inculcate into the students the values of and to encourage the youth to participate in building environment-friendly and sustainable communities and good stewardship of our environment and natural resources.

Among the products launched were posters, leaflets, comic books, policy briefs, and other presentation materials.

Mr. Rommel Abesamis, the Assistant Secretary for Foreign Assisted and Special Projects of the DENR, recognized the power of education in sustainable development.

“Education is an important means of implementation that cuts across all the SDGs, and supports the over-all achievement of the post-2015 development agenda. We all know that education is recognized as one of the goals that, when fully implemented, provides the highest long-term return to all levels of society in the world,” he said.

The theme of the launch “Luntiang Puso” underscores the innate Filipino value of love for our home planet Earth and our local heritage by reinforcing the Filipinos’ high regard for bayanihan (cooperation), pagtitipid (prudence), and malasakit (empathy). The design of the green heart was inspired by a 14-year-old student who participated in the “Colors of Sustainability”, a poster-making contest that encouraged participating students to depict their interpretation of how the Philippines could contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (FASPS/ Charis S. Antalan)


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