By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urged the city’s students to be proactive and responsible for the environment stressing the need to protect the ecosystem.
At a young age, Belmonte said the students should be aware of the importance of environment preservation citing it as one way to assure Quezon City’s sustainable development.
“Kung lahat ng bata ay magtutulong-tulong sa pangangalaga at pagpo-protekta ng kalikasan, marami kayong magagawa (If all the youth will help take good care and protect the environment we can do lots of good things),” Belmonte said.
The Quezon City government, together with the Quezon City Police District, Parent-Teachers Association (PTA,) and Schools Division Office signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the importance of environmental protection among students.
Belmonte said the program Project Batang Bayani and Teacher Magiting aims to intensify environmental awareness and crime prevention among the youth in Quezon City.
Included in the memorandum of understanding is a series of dialogues and seminars that will be attended by junior and senior high students in private and public schools.
According to QCPD Director BGen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., the project will teach students ‘little deeds’ in protecting the environment.