The Network

          PhilYEN is envisioned to be the umbrella network of all youth organizations in pursuit of environmental advocacy and sustainable development. It will provide a platform for youth environmental leaders from various regions in the Philippines to generate fresh environmental initiatives for their respective schools and communities. It will give them the opportunity to network, form alliances, bridge collaborations and establish partnerships on environmental projects. This will also serve as the avenue for older members to help educate and advise youth leaders on how they can implement environmental in their schools and communities. Furthermore, it can also help to inform the youth of the environmental activities that are initiated by the Philippine government and to increase youth involvement in those projects. This will also allow Philippine youth who share a common goal to form new networks with each other as well as other youth from across the region. From these different locations, it is hoped that all will be able to contribute to a common solution for sustainable development and environment issues that impact the youth.

          This network is the response of Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Tunza South East Asian Youth Environment Network (SEAYEN) to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals nos. 7 (Ensure Environmental Sustainability) and 8 (Develop a Global Partnership for Development) and to Green Generation campaign of Earth Day Network International.  Locally, it is also a response to Republic Act 9512 or The Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008.  

          PhilYEN had its soft launch last April 22, 2009 during the Earth Day 2009 National Event at the Music Hall of SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.  It was formally established by the thirty-seven (37) participants of the First Kalikasan Camp during its Closing Rites  on May 24, 2009 at La Mesa Ecopark, Fairview, Quezon City.

          On November 19 - 20, 2009, PhilYEN was officially launched through its Inaugural Conference with the theme: "Kabataan Sama-samang Naninindigan para sa Kalikasan!".  This was held at the Ateneo de Manila University and attended by over a hundred delegates from different parts of the Philippines.  Present during the inauguration were Sec. Lito Atienza of DENR, Comm. Priscilla Marie Abante of NYC, Dean Fabian Dayrit of ADMU College of Engineering, Mr. Chito Macapagal for the Business Sector, Rev. Fr. Ben Beltran, SVD for the Civil Society Sector and Mr. Voltaire Alferez of EDNP, PhilYEN's Project Manager.