PhilYEN Inaugural Conference

     Young environmentalists from all over the Philippines graced the Ateneo de Manila to face the continuing problems of the environment, in unity as the Philippine Youth Environment Network (PhilYEN), Nov. 19-20.

     "Ang yaman ng ating bansa ay kalikasan, kabilang dito ang tao [the wealth of our country is the environment, one of which is the people]." This was stressed by the keynote speaker of the convention, Hon. Jose Atienza, DENR Secretary by pointing out  how the Philippines is home to many species for both flora and fauna. However, despite this gift, he pointed out how the Manila Bay used to be like a swimming pool and how the Pasig River used to flow with clean water rich in fishes, but now is a mud-dump that is even deeper that the water level itself. Casing in to his point, he ended his speech by urging the youth to "Act Now" for there will be bigger problems in their time, and "Be involved in PhilYEN. Take care of garbage."

     This month's convention is the first PhilYEN convention of the country. It is a form of actively participating with all the other Youth Environment Networks around the world, all for one advocacy--to take care of the environment. One of the activities in the convention was the identification of the issues of the environment and the brainstorming of solutions that every participating organization/school has to offer.

     Among the other speakers in the convention were Dr. Fabian Dayrit, Dean of the Science & Engineering, Ateneo de Manila University; Mr. Voltaire Alferez, Executive Director of Earth Day Network Philippines; Hon. Priscilla Marie T. Abante, Commissioner of the National Youth Commission; Rev. Fr. Ben Beltran, SVD, Chariperson of the Justice, Peace, & Integrity of Creation Commission, Society of Divine Word; Mr. Chito Macapagal, Vice President-Corporate Affairs of the Uniliver Philippines; and Atty. Antonio Oposa, 2009 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee.

Date: November 19 & 20, 2009
Place: Leong Hall & MVP Roofdeck, Ateneo de Manila University
Time: Whole day for the first day; half day for the second


  • Photos from the event can be found on PhilYEN on Facebook and can be accessed by clicking here.


  • Environmental Mood Video: Click Here
  • Visayas Sea Operation: Click Here
  • Pilipinas Kong Mahal: Click Here

Powerpoint Presentations

The powerpoints have been converted to .pdf format for easy downloading.
  • Talk by Attorney Oposa: Click Here
  • Greening the Blue by AEMC: Click Here
Earth Partner
Water Partner
Air Partner