The plenary session of the 1st Ateneo Eco Congress was held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM Xavier Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, Jacinto Street, Davao City. This plenary session was led by Cherrisse July M. Adlawan being the House Speaker, Vicco G. Pidos as the Deputy House Speaker, Ernest John G. Ulep as the Secretary General and Brette Parantar as the Sergeant at Arms. The session was composed of 10 out of 10 heads of delegation from each respective committee. The first policy that was introduced came from the Committee on Environment and Business.

“A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE DAVAO CITY GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLE OPERATORS TRASH RECEPTACLES FOR BIODEGRADABLE AND NON-BIODEGRADABLE WASTE INSIDE PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLES.”

This resolution calling for the Davao City Government to provide public utility vehicle operators trash receptacles for biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste inside public utility vehicles. The resolution states that the Davao City Government and Davao City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) should require public utility vehicles to have two trash receptacles (one for biodegradable, and non-biodegradable for the other) to minimize the generated waste of the public. The House Speaker opened the right to vote for the passing the said resolution but there are  only two (2) votes coming from the delegation, therefore the resolution passing was denied.

The second resolution was presented by the Committee on Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction. “A RESOLUTION ON ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY WASTE MANAGEMENT PENALTY SYSTEM.” The said resolution aims to lessen the chances of disasters that occur in Davao City by implementing a penalty system in terms of littering in the school premises which will have corresponding fines as stated in the resolution. The delegates of the Eco-Congress, Teachers, Non-teaching Staff, Janitors, Security guards, and the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) will be responsible for the implementation of the said system, with regard to distinction, the delegates of the EcoCongress will be given an ID, sticker or any form of identification to give them rights to apprehend who is caught. After a lot of discussions and amendments, a votation was made for the passing of the resolution. However, only the proponents voted their own resolution and did not reach its quorum, therefore the bill has been denied.

“A RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DEPED), DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR), COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHED), TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (TESDA) AND THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DILG), TO INSTITUTIONALIZE THE FORMATION OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL UNIT FOR EACH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC, IN THE PHILIPPINES” was introduced by the Commission on Environment and Social Sciences.

“The committee suggests that the government and the agencies stated in the title to come up together and form a memorandum or a resolution or whatever means to encourage and even mandate all educational institution to form their own environmental unit.”

A 10-minute recess was motioned by the Deputy House Speaker, which was granted by the House Speaker. After the house speaker resumed the session, a motion of reconsideration was raised by the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction on their resolution on the “ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY WASTE MANAGEMENT PENALTY SYSTEM” upon amendment. After the votes for reconsidering the bill, 10 out of 10 voted for passing of the resolution of the Committee on disaster and risk reduction; therefore granting the bill to be passed.

The session continued to tackle the resolution of the Committee on Social Sciences regarding on institutionalizing the formation of an environmental unit in all public and private educational institution in the Philippines. As stated by the proponents, it aims to promote and venture into environmental action, awareness and advocacy in the student body. The house speaker opened the bill for debate but it was null and voided due to no response from the audience, leading to votation of passing the resolution. 10 out of 10 voted for passing the resolution of the Committee on Environment and Social Sciences.

The next policy was introduced by the Committee on Environment and Science, Health, and Technology. It is “A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE CITY COUNCIL TO AMEND PROVISIONS OF THE CITY ORDINANCE NO. 0361-10, SERIES OF 2010, OTHERWSE KNOWN AS THE DAVAO CITY ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ORDINANCE OF 2009” ; with a unanimous vote, the resolution by the committee on environment & science, health and technology was passed.

A RESOLUTION IN MINIMIZING PLASTIC WASTES AND CONVERSION TO PLASTIC CHAIRS THAT SHALL BE KNOWN AS “PLASTIC PROJECT NI TINYONG” is introduced by the Committee on Environment & Engineering and Architecture. This resolution aims to collect and gather plastic wastes produced daily by the school campus and convert it to plastic chairs that could be donated to some chosen public schools in Davao City.

The deputy house speaker motioned for a 15-minute recess and was granted by the House Speaker. Recess (3:50-4:05pm). After a few points of clarifications and amendments, the session was resumed by the House Speaker, it was followed by the votation of passing the resolution regarding on the “Plastic Project ni Tinyong.” There was a unanimous vote for passing the resolution, therefore, the bill has been granted.

“A RESOLUTION SUGGESTING THE SAMAHAN TO STORE REUSABLE PROPS AND MAKE THESE AVAILABLE FOR USE TO THE UNIVERSITY, AND TO CREATE THE SAMAHAN PROPERTY OFFICE FOR THE PURPOSE OF THEREOF” was introduced by the Committee on Environment and Business. It states that the 9 divisions and the campus club organizations (CCO) will coordinate with the SAMAHAN collecting the used props after it is used and the SAMAHAN will manage these props and will be available for public use. It aims to reduce the generated waste by the students after the events. A total vote of 6 out of 10 was tallied, therefore the resolution of the Committee on Environment and Business was granted.

A RESOLUTION URGING THE ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION, THROUGH ITS ECOTENEO PROGRAM TO REVIEW, RESTRUCTURE, AND REINFORCE THE “CLEAN AS YOU GO” (CLAYGO) CAMPAIGN IN THE UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE AND GRADUATE SCHOOL UNITS was introduced by the Committee on Environment and Social Sciences. Ateneo de Davao University – College and Graduate School units in the implementation of the CLAYGO is not that successful, reviewing, restructuring and reinforcing the CLAYGO campaign in these units will result in a student body that practices proper waste management and environmental cleanliness. 6 out of 10 voted for the passing of the resolution, therefore it has been granted.

“A RESOLUTION ON CONSERVATION AND PROPER UTILIZATION OF WATER THROUGH RAINWATER HARVESTING SYSTEM AND SUSTAINABLE DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY” was introduced by the Committee on Environment & Engineering and Architecture. It aims to conserve and reuse the wasted water from drinking fountains for non-potable purposes so as to attain the main objective of this resolution: Non-Potable Water for Non-Potable Purposes and Potable Water for Potable Purposes. Through this, the school can maximize the usage of water productively and addresses to the issue of water crisis in Davao City. Only 3 out of 10 voted for the passing of the resolution, therefore the resolution was denied.

“A RESOLUTION  RECOMMENDING THE CITY COUNCIL IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS TO LESSEN THE USE OF COMMERCIAL ENERGY IN DAVAO CITY” introduced by the Committee on Environment & Science, Health and Technology. It aims to implement the programs of the Department on Energy namely the “Adopt an eco-jeepney program, the E-Trike Project and the Natural Gas Vehicle Program for Public Transport (NGVPPT) in the Davao City to reduce dependence on exhaustible fuel resources, to mitigate toxic, greenhouse gas effects, to decrease the city’s dependence on imported fuel, and to increase rural employment and income.

The deputy motioned for a 5-minute recess and was granted by the house speaker. Recess (5:23-5:28pm). The committee on environment & science, health and technology introduce the amendments brought by the other committees and presented the 3 programs: Auto LPG Program, E-Trike Program and the Natural Gas Vehicle Program for Transport. The Committee on Environment and Social Sciences raised a point of clarification stating that the problem of the CNG it is limited in volume. The Proponents stated that they will only be implementing the E-Trike Project, scrapping the other projects. 10 out of 10 voted for the passing of the bill, therefore it has been granted

“A RESOLUTION ON WIND POWER: ELECTRICITY THROUGH WIND ENERGY GATHERED BY TRAVELLING VEHICLES” was introduced by the Committee on Environment & Engineering and Architecture. This resolution provides another source of electricity by using wind energy that can be gathered through the use of travelling vehicles. It is also concerned for environmental issues such as pollution, global warming, depletion of ozone layer, and so on for the hope to decrease the use of gasoline and more of using of electricity to power vehicles. Only 3 out of 10 votes were counted, therefore the passing of the said resolution has been denied.

The house speaker opened the session for a motion for reconsideration of “A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE DAVAO CITY GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLE OPERATORS TRASH RECEPTACLES FOR BIODEGRADABLE AND NON-BIODEGRADABLE WASTE INSIDE PUBLIC UTILITY VEHICLES” introduced by the Committee on  Environment and Business.

The committee on Environment and Business raised a motion for reconsideration regarding on the resolution for trash receptacles on public utility vehicles excluding the amendments previously introduced. Instead of the “resolution for calling the Davao City Government and CENRO to provide public utility vehicle operators trash receptacles…,” it will instead be “resolution for calling the Davao City Government and CENRO to require public utility vehicle operators trash receptacles…” Only 4 out of 10 voted for the passing of the said resolution, therefore, the resolution has been denied.

The deputy house speaker motioned for the adjournment of the session but was objected by the Committee on Environment and Social Science due to unfinished business. “A RESOLUTION URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DEPED), DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR), COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION (CHED), TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (TESDA) AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT TO INSTITUTIONALIZE THE FORMATION OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL UNIT ALLIANCE OF BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE CITY OF DAVAO” was introduced by the Commission on Environment and Social Sciences. The resolution is in line with the previously granted but is only a city-wide based resolution. Since there were no objections or any debate, the house speaker opened the votation of the said resolution, resulting to a grant with 6 out of 10 votes.

With no further motions, the deputy house speaker again, motioned for the adjournment of the plenary and was seconded. Out 12 resolutions submitted, only 9 resolutions were passed; which concludes the plenary session of the 1st Ateneo EcoCongress.

Written by James Steven Batucan

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