RACLPWest HAPPY holds Project P.A.R.A., a webinar on environmental action

By Armar O. Barotilla Jr | Posted on October 1, 2021

In 2019, Rotary International introduced the new Area of Focus, “Supporting the Environment. After a year, the COVID-19 pandemic arose globally which was challenging for every organization especially the Rotary and Rotaract Clubs to conduct projects physically. However, Rotaract clubs are known for finding innovative solutions even at these difficult moments and eventually adapt the “new normal” of facilitating and implementing a program.

The project is entitled “PROJECT P.A.R.A – Protect, Accelerate, Reflect and Advancing Environmental Success and Beyond. The Spanish word “PARA” can be used to describe travel or motion and also refers to the destination of a journey. In other words, this project is a journey with a purpose and one of it is to obtain a healthy environment. The Rotaract Club of Las Pinas West HAPPY needed a company who will join them in making this journey a memorable one. ( ClubSD Eli Loza, CommunitySD Heizel Belleza, CS Hans Delos Reyes and IPP Bryan Baton with Ms. Jocelyn Balome – Principal and Sir Ariel Fernandez – Brigada Eskwela Coordinator of Pilar Village Elementary School during the presentation of project proposal and memorandum of agreement.)

Last August 15, 2021, the Rotaract Club of Las Pinas West HAPPY conducted a webinar entitled, Project P.A.R.A (Protect. Accelerate. Reflect. Advancing Environmental Success and Beyond) in partnership with Miss Earth Las Pinas 2021, Miss Hannah Quinalayo. The two most important components in making this event possible are the participants and the speakers. The club coordinated with three different schools in Las Pinas to participate in the said webinar project in exchange for 10 plastic bottles per participant. The RACLPWest HAPPY also invited Rotaract and Rotary Clubs within and outside District 3830 to make this project impactful and successful. The registration fee and donations collected from participating clubs and sponsors will be utilized to purchase cleaning materials and bond paper donations to the participating schools.

The objectives of Project P.A.R.A did not only focus on educating the participants but also to gather funds in order to provide cleaning materials, hygiene kits and supplies for their partner schools. This project fills two needs with one deed. (ClubSD Eli Loza, CommunitySD Heizel Bellez, FoundationSD Jester Dela Cruz, and IPP Bryan Baton preparing the materials to donated to three (3) schools)

The Rotaract of Las Pinas West HAPPY is fortunate to have Miss Leslie Ann Yasis and Miss Ambriel Rei Pascual, the guest speakers. Miss Leslie, a licensed Chemical Engineer, tackled the importance of waste management to environmental sanitation and the need for effective waste management policies. Miss Ambriel, a SDG14 Life Below Water Ambassador, discussed the 5 R’s of Waste Management and Environment Conservation. Both speakers discussed their topics in interesting methods, shared valuable information, and answered the questions of participants thoroughly.

For their first webinar project, the Rotaract Club of Las Pinas West – HAPPY can confidently say that this was a truly successful project that contributed greatly to their community and to the environment. 

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