Fifty-two youth leaders from the cities of Bago and La Carlota in Negros Occidental completed their skills and leadership training under the Rafael M. Salas Nature Park: Youth Commitment for Sustainable Development project recently, a press release from organizers said.
The project was implemented by the RMS Park and Nature Center, United Nations Population Fund and the University of St. La Salle, through the Institute of Negros Development.
Cash grants of P4,000 were given to the youth leaders as starting funds for their proposed livelihood projects, by USLS-IND director Rhoderick Samonte, Bago senior environment specialist Vicente Mesias, and RMSPNC executive director Carmelita Salas, the press release also said.
Almasiga saplings were given to the participants, whose trainings included environmental conservation, leadership and sustainable development for the RMSPNC and neighboring communities.
USLS Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development, Geoffrey Bob Bergante, lauded the efforts of program partners and stakeholders from the government and non-government sectors, including the Bago, La Carlota and the province of Negros Occidental.*