In today's society, more and more individuals are becoming aware of—and consequently, wish to live in—an environment that supports universal human rights norms. Human rights provide individuals with strength and power, allowing us to continue working for peace, prosperity, progress, and long-term development. The cause of human rights energizes our dedication to realizing the fullness of life. This is our common responsibility as a people in solidarity with all people across the world.
With that being said, the Red Cross Youth Council of PATTS (RCYCP), PATTS Tourism Society (PTS), Alliance of Aircraft Mechanics and Troubleshooters (AAMT), Basic Engineering Pioneers of Innovative Construction (B-EPIC), Social Orientation and Community Involvement (SOCI) Office, and Discipline and Safety Office (DSO) ignited a 4-episode series webinar entitled “Know Your Right, To Know What's Right: Information Awareness Webinar” that ablazed via Zoom meeting on April 2, April 30, May 7, and May 14, 2020 respectively.
Episode 1 - Spreading Environmental Awareness
Mr. Jefferson Estela, a Filipino climate activist, storyteller, and architectural designer was the speaker of the said webinar. He has been part of youth, climate, and built environment-related campaigns focused on the intersection of the climate crisis, environment, and social justice and has presented stories in speaking engagements such as the National Climate Change Conference, Youth Climate Dialogue of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the recently concluded COP26 in the United Kingdom.
He discussed The Republic Act No. 9512, or the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008, which articulates that the state shall promote national awareness of the role of natural resources in economic growth and the importance of environmental conservation and ecological balance towards sustained national development. He also added the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (Republic Act No. 9275). An Act providing for a comprehensive water quality management and for other purposes. This Act provides for the abatement and control of pollution from land based sources, and lays down water quality standards and regulations.
Indeed, it is critical to appreciate the fragility of our environment and the need to protect it. Humans should appreciate, defend, and preserve the natural environment from anthropogenic (caused by humans) illnesses. Many are still unaware of the impact they have on the environment in their daily lives. However, educating them or even minor adjustments in a person's daily routine can have a significant influence — our micro efforts can have a macro effect to save our environment.
Episode 2 - No To Bullying
Many people haven't yet learned the abilities to articulate their sentiments, especially when attempting to describe what they "like" or "don't like" about someone else. They may face people that are different from themselves and not know how to confront such differences, so they point things out harshly. This is not a bad scenario, and if a person has a vocabulary, they will be able to comprehend and deal with these variances.
With that being said, Mr. Virgilio V. Dolina Jr, professor of PATTS College of Aeronautics, sheds his knowledge and discussed the Republic Act 10627, or the Anti-Bullying Act, which aims to protect children enrolled in kindergarten, elementary, and secondary schools and learning centers (collectively, “Schools”) from being bullied. It requires Schools to adopt policies to address the existence of bullying in their respective institutions. Bullying affects everyone — those who are tormented, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying has been related to a variety of negative consequences, including effects on mental health, substance abuse, and suicide.
It is critical to speak with youth to discover whether bullying — or anything else — is an issue. Bullying, in other words, is not only a children issue; it is a widespread human issue that needs to be resolved from the very start.