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USeP Mintal Launches Campus Eco-action with an International Linkage

The University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP) in Mintal, Davao City has successfully launched the Campus Eco-Action project on March 2, 2012. The activity was highlighted by booth exhibits; essay writing, poster making, and recycling contests; symposia on water and electricity conservation, and workshops on paper and plastic recycling; and signing of memorandum of agreement by and between USeP and its collaborators.

The project is made possible by the grant awarded by the International Association for Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) Forum based in Tokyo, Japan to Professor Mervin G. Gascon, alumnus during the 48th IATSS Forum last September to November 2011 in Japan.

The project is composed of two major components, namely: 1) 3R for 3G: A Reduce, Reuse and Recycling Campaign and 2) Mottainai!: Electricity and Water Conservation Campaign. These projects target an estimated 2,000 youth including elementary schoolchildren in Davao City as beneficiaries.
“Mottainai!: Let’s us do some fun, creative and innovative ways to manage our resources” is this year’s theme. It is dubbed to drumbeat the model in which the projects were conceptualized—to maximize the use of resources. Mottainai is a Japanese word that means “what a waste!” usually used as an interjection to mean that something is valuable but neglected.
The projects were developed by students of Prof. Gascon in BS in Public Administration and BS in Community Development programs of the College of Governance and Business in Mintal Campus. The students get to apply the theories and concepts they have learned from the class in project management to the actual practice. They will be the prime movers too during the roll out of these projects to the communities within the whole month of March 2012.
Local partners for the projects include the Davao City Water District (DCWD), Davao Light and Power Company, Watershed Management Youth Council and the Association of Pollution Control Officers in Mindanao. These organizations further enlarge the scope of the projects. As a matter of fact, DCWD partners with USeP through Prof. Gascon’s grant from IATSS Forum Japan for the Youth Eco-Camp, RecycleBand Competition, and Tree Planting along Malagos and Tamugan Watersheds in Davao City.

The USeP Project Team headed by Prof. Gascon is composed of Dr. Emilia P. Pacoy, Assistant Coordinator for Community Eco-Action; Dr. Danilo B. Pacoy, Assistant Coordinator for Campus Eco-Action; and Prof. Analiza P. Aguilar, in-charge of Finance.

For more information and inquiries, please contact:
Prof. Mervin G. Gascon
Telephone Number: 2930391
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Dr. Danilo B. Pacoy
Telephone Number: 227-5111
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