STUDENTS from various secondary schools and universities in Iloilo expressed their insights on environmental issues in the “Spoken Word Poetry” competition mounted by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-6 at SM City Iloilo recently.
EMB-6 Regional Director Dr. Sophie Manuel said the activity, which was part of the Environment Month celebration last June, provided a platform for students here to express their “hugot” and insights about the environment.
“This activity not only aimed at improving the skills of students in speaking and performing on stage but also to inspire people to take action to the present environmental issues of this generation,” she said.
Seven students participated in the contest and delivered original poetry pieces which sought to heighten public awareness on environmental protection.
Mark Reagan Teorima of La Paz National High School, Iloilo City bested six other contestants and garnered first place with his piece titled “Plastik”.
Buena Gracia Hembra of New Lucena National Comprehensive High School, New Lucena Iloilo was second place while Khem Granja of St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary, Iloilo City was adjudged third.
Meanwhile, Dr. Manuel said that this year’s theme for the Environment Month which is “Beat Plastic Pollution” emphasized the need to stop the use of plastic products which pollute and destroy the environment.
“The theme encouraged us to think of the many alternative ways of how we can beat plastic pollution,” she added. (PIA-Iloilo)