Danilo V. Rogayan Jr., a senior student of the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University – San Marcelino Campus taking up a degree in Secondary Education, Major in Biological Science, has been named by the United Nations Association of the Philippines (UNAP) as Outstanding Youth Leader Awardee in the field of Environment.
The purpose of the UNAP Outstanding Youth Leadership Award (UNAP-OYLA) is to recognize and promote the positive achievements of young Filipinos aged between 15-29 years old.
It further aims to acknowledge and highlight the achievements of young Filipinos, educate the general public with examples of youth achievement and encourage and motivate young Filipinos at all levels in their chosen field of endeavors.
The award recognizes the achievements of Filipino youths in various categories.
The general criteria of the said national search are academic achievements, personal goals and other achievements, degree of involvement in local, national, and international issues and significant contributions made in the awards category.
The nominees were adjudged 30 points in Innovation (the development of a new approach or dimension to projects at the local, regional, and/or national level and the introduction of a novel approach to deal with long-standing issue at the local, regional, and/or national level); 50 points in Leadership (demonstration of leadership through concrete projects or through a strong commitment and contribution at the local, regional, and/or national level) and 20 points in Partnership (the creation of partnership with or among community groups, the business community or other rural/urban stakeholders which have produced concrete outcomes).
UNAP Outstanding Youth Leader Awardees 2011
Rogayan, together with seven (7) awardees from across the nation, will be receiving the award with the Guest-of-Honor, His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines on August 3, 2011 during the occasion of the 12th International Youth Day at at the Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center, Iloilo City, Philippines.
Other awardees include Mark Roy Macanlalay of Pangasinan and Jo-Jan Paul Penol of Iloilo for Politics and Governance; Jovic Yee of Albay for Environment; Brenfred Romero of Eastern Samar and Kristoffer Rivera of Cagayan de Oro for Community Service; and Alein Navares of Cebu and Niel Sandoval of Manila for Education.
Environmental advocacies in the academe
Rogayan’s commitment to the environment led him to take up a degree in Education with specialization in Biological Science. He is a nature lover and has a passion in studying the flora and fauna. Likewise, he is a strong environmental advocate, who firmly believes that preserving life on earth is not an easy task but one thing is for sure, it will always starts within oneself. He believes that people would have to look forward with hope, confidence and optimism in the future and pool the efforts as one world in preserving and protecting the environment.
Rogayan has been initiating valuable programs for the environment over the years, both in the academe and in the community. One of the most significant environmental projects he spearheaded is the Vermiculture and Vermicomposting project, an environmental project that produces organic fertilizer from biodegradable materials with the use of vermi worms (Eisenia foetida). This project is a substantial way of reducing wastes, producing fertilizers and maintaining the balance of the ecological environment. It likewise produces high-quality fertilizers which are better compared to other commercial fertilizers in the market and increases crop yield and lessens dependence on chemical fertilizers, thus mitigating climate change.
He also led in spearheading Enviro-Photo Contest in their campus aimed at encouraging the students’ participation in responding to preserve the Earth through photography. Captured photos were put into an exhibit, reminding the younger generation of the condition of the environment and how will they going to respond to the challenge.
Rogayan also organized various environmental forums, one of which is the Forum on Education: An Antidote for Climate Change Mitigation. He used his eloquence as a resource person in explicating the vital role of education in order to mitigate climate change, which is now a global challenge. Participants to this forum were students in high school and College.
Environmental undertakings in the community
Rogayan does not only confine his environmental advocacies in the four corners of the academe, he extends his services in the community, reaching out to the people and inculcating in them the need to protect the environment. One of his significant environmental endeavors spearheaded in the community is the Balitaktakan para sa Kalikasan, an environmental debate, giving emphasis on the significant roles of the youth and the community people towards environmental preservation.
Another environmental undertaking that he has initiated is the Puno para sa Kinabukasan Tree Planting Project wherein he encouraged his fellow Sangguniang Kabataan Officials to take the lead in planting trees in their municipality to help in mitigating climate change. And in connection with his advocacy in climate change mitigation he earlier organized a symposium in the community dubbed as Climate Change Symposium which focused on the issue of climate change and the vital role of the youth and the community in mitigating this global issue.
Rogayan: An environmental advocate
Rogayan has always been active in initiating programs, projects and endeavors aimed at preserving and protecting the environment. His environmental advocacies are not only confined in the academe but also being extended in the community. He has been dedicating his time and effort in spreading various ways that an individual can do to take part in protecting the Earth. He believes that environment should be given proper love and care as it performs its part in loving and caring the people through its abounding wealth and treasures. His significant contributions in the field of Environment will always be an inspiration for his colleagues, mentors and kababayans.
And as what he always says, “the true measure of a man is not found in what he can do, nor what he intends to do, but in what he has done and in what he is doing.”
For further details, please see the 12th IYD Facebook.