Philippine Geothermal supports 2016 Earth Day Youth Eco-Camp in Albay

Philippine Geothermal Production Company, Inc. (PGPC) joins the Tiwi and Albay Local Government Units in celebrating the 2016 Earth Day in Albay province through an Earth Youth Eco-Camp with the theme “Youth Leaders Unite for Coastal and Fishery Resources Protection.” Held on April 20-22, more than 70 youth leaders, teachers and partners from government and nongovernment organizations, participated in the event at the Tiwi Watch Station cum Coastal and Fishery Resources Learning Resource Center.

The youth eco-camp was organized under Environmental Conservation Sustaining Tiwi’s Aqua-Agri Resources (ECO-STAR), a corporate social responsibility program co-funded by Philippine Geothermal to develop and promote Tiwi’s coastal eco-tourism potential and provide livelihood to tourist services sector. ECO-STAR recognizes the importance of protecting Tiwi’s coastal and fishery resources by instilling a deep sense of stewardship among the youth and the 12 coastal barangays of Tiwi. Tiwi is known as a sea turtle haven in Albay because of its improved coastal and marine biodiversity for years of implementing a coastal and fishery resources management program also supported by Philippine Geothermal.

ECO-STAR program partners Tiwi LGU, WWF Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Red Cross, Albay Blue Lane Eco-Nautical Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and other government/non-government organizations also supported the event to fulfill its primary objective to develop youth vanguards with deep commitment and sense of responsibility for the environment and biodiversity conservation.

The three-day camp became a fun-filled learning activity on leadership, coastal and fisheries management, biodiversity protection, astronomy, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction. Integrated in the learning modules are cross-cutting themes such as gender and development, food safety and security, and social entrepreneurship. The program organizers hope that the ideas learned by the participants from the eco-camp will resonate with their families, schools, and communities.

The event received favorable feedback, as one youth-participant described it as a fun learning experience which provided an opportunity to create new friendships.  Employee-volunteers mainly from the  Facilities Engineering department of Philippine Geothermal who facilitated the team building games and exercises, also found the event an enriching experience because it allowed them to share their knowledge with youth leaders in their community.


Youth participants and sponsors headed to the shoreline to meet with volunteers from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection and community members for a clean-up drive held simultaneously with the Earth Day celebration in Albay.

Participants released three different species of sea turtles as part of the activities of the Sea Turtle Awareness and Rescue (STAR) Center


AG Saṅo, a climate activist and Filipino artist, shares skills in mural painting using marine species as subject.