PALAWAN  CONSERVATIION  CORPS  ((PCC))  and  CARPUS  iin          PALAWAN CONSERVAT ON CORPS PCC and CARPUS n     cooperat...
INTRODUCTION  One of the reasons for widespread poverty in the country, and even in most parts of theworld, is the mismana...
building on environmental education and youth led conservation projects. At the end ofthe project, a network of youth orga...
OBJECTIVES     1. To share the talents and knowledge of PCC’s Out of School Youth students on       environmental conserva...
THE ECOLOGICAL THEATER CARAVAN 2009 The Ecological Theater caravan was held on December 1 and 3, 2009 in four selectedelem...
6. USAPAN SA BAYBAY (Discussion at the       Shore):     an    animated    conversation       between human and marine ani...
Teacher in Charge TIC of four schools and the lively, educational and ecological-themed theater play followed.Mr. Magpayo ...
Costume and props making    PCC staff, volunteers and alumni busy in making costume and props.                     Prepara...
ECOLOGICAL THEATER CARAVAN 2009 HIGHLIGHTS                                                  BAGONG BAYAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL...
SIMPOCAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLClockwise from left (top) is the Teacher-in-charge of Simpocan Elementary School giving  her wel...
TAGABENIT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL    Highlights of Ecological Theater Caravan in Tagabinet Elementary School                    ...
CABAYUGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                                                                               ...
Group picture with the students and teachers                                                               ---END---      ...
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““TAG - ULAN SA TAG - ARAW (Rainy Day in Sumerr)
THEME:“Bata - bata Mundo ko’y Tuklasin at Pagbabago ng Klima ay ating Alamin””” (Kids Let’s Discoverr Our World and Learn About Climate Change)

Community of Bagong Bayan, Simpucan, Tagabenit and Cabayugan

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
December 1 and 3, 2009

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Puerto Princesa Ecological Theatre Caravan 2009

  1. 1. PALAWAN  CONSERVATIION  CORPS  ((PCC))  and  CARPUS  iin   PALAWAN CONSERVAT ON CORPS PCC and CARPUS n cooperatiion  wiith  the  Ciity  Government  off  Puerto  Priincesa  and   cooperat on w th the C ty Government o Puerto Pr ncesa and Department  off  Educatiion‐‐  Ciity  Diiviisiion  Offffiice   Department o Educat on C ty D v s on O ce       “TAG-ULAN SA TAG-ARAW (Rainy Day in Summer)” “TAG-ULAN SA TAG-ARAW (Rainy Day in Summer)” THEME::  “Bata‐‐bata  Mundo  ko’’y  Tukllasiin  at  Pagbabago  ng  Klliima  ay   THEME “Bata bata Mundo ko y Tuk as n at Pagbabago ng K ma ay atiing  Allamiin”  ((Kiids  Let’’s  Diiscover  Our  Worlld  and  Learn  About    at ng A am n” K ds Let s D scover Our Wor d and Learn About Clliimate  Change))   C mate Change Community of Bagong Bayan, Simpucan, Tagabenit and Cabayugan  Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines  December 1 and 3, 2009                                 
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  One of the reasons for widespread poverty in the country, and even in most parts of theworld, is the mismanagement of our natural resources and ecosystems. Our country’senvironmental sustainability, for instance, has been rated poor or low. If we mustachieve the goal of ensuring environmental sustainability, we must heed the urgent callto properly manage our country’s natural resources and protect our environment toimprove the quality of life of our people. You will agree that poverty is multi-dimensional and dynamic. Most of the time, it isoverwhelming. Perhaps, this is because our attempt at resolving such problemsequates to solutions that tackle the issue at the macro level.Yet, looking closely, poverty has identifiable patterns, which can be examined closelyand subjected to detailed analysis, and broken up into components that can easily beacted upon. The persistent problem of poverty can therefore be effectively addressedat the local level where the poor are, where their realities are most felt, where theirecosystems are affected, and where solutions are made and configured.Thus, we say that moving towards the goal of sustainability requires fundamentalchanges in human attitudes (mind sets) and demeanor (behavior) of individuals andcommunities. Advancing in this direction is critically dependent on education and publicawareness. The concept of sustaining development is not a simple one.There is no one road map or blue print that can prescribe how we should proceed ormove forward. Time is short and we are all called upon to act without delay orhesitation. Now is the time to move ahead to contribute through environmentaleducation—in terms of the biophysical, social, economic, political, and culturalenvirons—to correcting trends that threaten our common future and the future ofgenerations to come.The Palawan Conservation Corps (PCC) was organized on January 1999, aims toprovide Out of School Youth (OSY) from the rural barangays of Puerto Princesa Citywith a long-term program (6 months residential) of activities, focusing on four majorcomponents: Biodiversity Conservation, Capacity Building, Skills Development, andEmpowerment. For the past 9 years of its service, the PCC houses, feeds, andprovides a planned curriculum and series of trainings/project to a selected group of Out-of-School Youth. These youths aged 18 to 24 years old pass though a rigorousscreening process whereby only the competent among applicants are selected. PCCputs a premium on environmental consciousness, community service, and leadership.Palawan Conservation Corps (PCC) aims to strengthen the stakeholders’ role in thepreservation of the province’s environmental resources particularly the youth as thesuccessor generation. The role of the youth sector will be transpired through capacity  2
  3. 3. building on environmental education and youth led conservation projects. At the end ofthe project, a network of youth organizations will be capacitated in conductingecological-related activities in support to the Convention on Biological Diversity, andparticipation in different conservation initiatives of the government and civil society andone of these projects is by organizing Ecological Theater Caravan in Puerto PrincesaCity.PCC already conducted Ecological Theater Caravan in different elementary schools inPuerto Princesa City from rural and urban communities as well as in the Municipality ofCagayancillo. The outcome gained recognition for the principal, teachers, students andthe community who witnessed the activity. Our OSY shared their skills by performing onstage and share the issues and challenges on environment such as climate change,causes and effect of illegal logging and fishing, the effect of mining and the importanceand value of the web of life or the ecological balance in one ecosystem. BACKGROUNDPart of the residential program of PCC is the teaching of Basic Ecology, where the OSYlearn to value the importance of a healthy environment and to understand thesignificance of interconnection of all living organism that creates the balance in anecosystem, such as forest, fresh water, grassland, marine environment and others. During the program, PCC discovered the hidden talents of the students in one of ouractivities which require them to perform in relation to the topic on basic ecology. Sincethen, the acting skills of the OSY were enhanced through basic theater workshop.Series of relative trainings and workshops concerning the environment were conductedwhere performers for the actual play were selected.And that was the time when PCC’s Ecological Theater Caravan born. PCC and ourOSY put this into reality; we showcase different issues, challenges and development inone environment. The Ecological Theater Caravan was able to share the talents of ourOSY through performing on stage showcasing the importance of the environment aswell as the issues that affect one ecosystem.The Ecological Theater Caravan was already shown in different coastal barangays ofPuerto Princesa, particularly in elementary schools of Honda Bay, Ulugan Bay and thecity proper. The Ecological Theater Caravan composed of different stage plays thattackle environmental issues such as, the causes and effect of global warming andclimate change; the effect of mining; biodiversity and its importance; the good benefitsof fish sanctuary; the ecological balance; and the importance of the web of life.  3
  4. 4. OBJECTIVES  1. To share the talents and knowledge of PCC’s Out of School Youth students on environmental conservation. 2. To increase children’s/youth awareness on the issues that our Mother Earth facing now a day’s especially the issue regarding Global Warming and Climate Change. 3. To help students acquire a set of values and feelings of concern for their environment and the motivation for actively participating in environmental improvement and protection. 4. To let students understand the causes and effect of global warming, climate change and illegal activities that causes damage to the environment. 5. To inculcate the youth of Puerto Princesa the value of having a balance and healthy environment. 6. Educate the successor generation on the ecological and economic importance of preserving the Palawan’s rich and unique biodiversity and habitat. THEATER CHARACTERSStage actors and actresses --------- 25 OSY of PCC’s Residential Program Batch 12Narration --------- Ms. Gerly CamangegScript writers --------- Mr. Edilberto Magpayo and Mr. Napoleon SitchonDirection --------- Mr. Timothy Joseph Fernandez         The Actor of   Ecological   Theater   Caravan – PCC    Batch 12   4
  5. 5. THE ECOLOGICAL THEATER CARAVAN 2009 The Ecological Theater caravan was held on December 1 and 3, 2009 in four selectedelementary schools in four rural barangays of Puerto Princesa City these are; BagongBayan Elementary School, Simpocan Elementary School, Tagabenit Elementary Schooland Cabayugan Elementary School. These four barangays were identified among fewother barangays in Puerto Princesa which environmental destruction is widespread.Two of those sites, barangays Tagabenit and Cabayugan are within the Puerto PrincesaSubterranean River National Park where the world famous 8 kilometer navigableUnderground River is located.The Ecological theater caravan is a series of stage play focusing on differentenvironmental issues especially the issues of Global Warming and Climate Change,advocating environmental protection andawareness. It is composed of 12 stage playsnamely; 1. MAY PAGBABAGO BA? (Is There a Change?): A story that seeks to find a proof/evidence with regards to the climate change and global warming. 2. PAGLALAYAG NI KAPITAN KATALA (Captain Cockatoo’s Journey): Depicts the continuing loss of our natural forest which affects the habitat of many wildlife and threatens their very survival. 3. OH KLIMA! (OH! Climate): a story about the effect/s of cutting down of trees and its relation to the global warming and climate change. 4. BALANSENG PAMUMUHAY (Balance Living): explains the importance and value of each organism’s role in an ecosystem. It also explained the good benefit of a balance living in a balance ecosystem. 5. ANG SANGTUWARYO (The Sanctuary): the story talked about the importance of establishing Sanctuaries and MPA’s in order to protect marine life and marine ecosystem from destructive ways of fishing. Sanctuaries and MPA’s are also an effective way of ensuring sustainable fish catch in a certain area where it was established.  5
  6. 6. 6. USAPAN SA BAYBAY (Discussion at the Shore): an animated conversation between human and marine animals. It demonstrates the human activities that pollute the seas. 7. WELGA (The Protest): a story where mangroves and other marine life tries to evacuate as a sign of their protest against humans for their irresponsible and unsustainable consumption of natural resources. 8. NG MADENGGOY SI PIWI PAWIKAN (When Sea Turtle was Fooled): a play that gives moral lessons and an eye opener to the youth to take care of their environment and value the importance of marine turtles. 9. GULAYAN NI MANG GORIO (Gorio’s Vegetable Farm): a story that tells about the undeniable effects of global warming specifically the rise of sea level. 10. TAG-ULAN SA TAG-ARAW (Rainy Day in Summer): Another story that tells about the effects of climate change and global warming. It talks about the unusual shifting of weather conditions as a sign that the climate is really changing. 11. MAGKAKAUGNAY (Interconnectedness: The web of Life): This stage play explains the interconnectedness of different organism, valuing and explaining individual role in the ecosystem. 12. ANG KABALIGTARAN NG GENESIS (Genesis in reverse). A reverse version of the popular Bible book Genesis. It showed the irresponsibility and abuses of humanity in the environment.It was participated by 25 OSY under the Six (6) months Residential Program of PalawanConservation Corps as actors and actresses, written by Mr. Napoleon Sitchon and Mr.Edilberto Magpayo, narrated by Ms. Gerly Camangeg and directed by Mr. TimothyJoseph Fernandez.Before the show starts, Mr. Edilberto Magpayo, PCC Executive Director gaveentertainment to the audience to energize them. He taught some folk and childrensongs and accompanied it with action while singing to make all the audiencesparticipate. After the brief energizer the program started with a prayer led by Ms. GerlyCamangeg, PCC Finance Officer followed by the introduction of Palawan ConservationCorps given by Mr. Edilberto Magapayo, a welcome message given by the respective  6
  7. 7. Teacher in Charge TIC of four schools and the lively, educational and ecological-themed theater play followed.Mr. Magpayo also stressed that the program was sponsored by Carpus a NonGovernment Organization from Germany. He mentioned that Carpus is a big help forPCC’s to continue their environmental advocacy, particularly on the issue of climatechange and global warming. He also added that the Residential Program of PCC for theOSY was in partnership with the City Government of Puerto Princesa, headed by MayorEdward S. Hagedorn. Photos: Practice, costume and props making, preparation and actual theater play. The Ecological Theater Caravan in four rural elementary schools in four rural barangaysof Puerto Princesa was a very successful. Nearly a thousand students, teachers andcommunity members from four rural elementary schools attended and witnessed theecological theater play initiated by the Palawan Conservation Corps in partnership withthe City Government of Puerto Princesa and Department of Education- City divisionoffice with the funding support from CARPUS – Germany. Practice           25 OSY - actors and actresses during their intensive theater rehearsal at the stage plaza of Barangay Bancao-Bancao.  7
  8. 8. Costume and props making PCC staff, volunteers and alumni busy in making costume and props. Preparation and stage setting  8
  9. 9. ECOLOGICAL THEATER CARAVAN 2009 HIGHLIGHTS BAGONG BAYAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL   The Teacher in charge while giving her welcome message.  Students and teachers awed and amazed while watching the                              theater play.              Mr. Edilberto Magpayo PCC Executive Director facilitated the                               Ms. Gerly Camangeg PCC Finance Officer, emcee and              energizers and the students actively participated.       narrator of Ecological Theater Caravan 2009                    A scene from “the Protest”                                                                           A scene from “Interconnectedness: Web of life”     9
  10. 10. SIMPOCAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLClockwise from left (top) is the Teacher-in-charge of Simpocan Elementary School giving her welcome remarks, the students followed by scenes taken from “Madenggoy” and “Interconnectedness: Web of life” respectively.  10
  11. 11. TAGABENIT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Highlights of Ecological Theater Caravan in Tagabinet Elementary School  11
  12. 12. CABAYUGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                                                                                                         Cabayugan Elem. School Principal delivering her                                                                                                                                                                        opening remarks.    Mr. Jose Majid Ibrahim, PCC Volunteer with the students         before the theater play starts.                                                                                                                                A scene from “May pagbabago ba?”           Students flocked before stage and making thunderous applause after every play to praise the job well done stage play.                                                                                                                                           A scene taken from “Si Piwi ng Madenggoy”                 A scene from “Interconnectedness: Web of Life”      12
  13. 13. Group picture with the students and teachers                            ---END---   13

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