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by , November - December 2009

The Center for Community Development (CCD) in coordination with the Letran Outreach Volunteer-Employees (LOVE) facilitated a forum on Climate Change entitled: “Love ME: Love Mother Earth” on November 20 at the Student Center Auditorium.

“Let us bear in mind that when one loves one’s art, no service seems too hard,” said Sherman Gabito, elected President of LOVE, in his message to launch the LOVE, an organization of the Colegio’s employees gathered to initiate the spirit of “volunteerism” to the Letran Community.

The guest speaker, Mr. Rodne Galicha, was chosen as an official presenter of Al Gore’s The Climate Project, together with three other Filipinos forming the Philippine Climate Justice Initiative. Moreover, the Climate Project is a non-profit organization that consists of more than 3,000 diverse and dedicated volunteers worldwide who have been personally trained by former US Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public and to raise awareness about climate change. He also delivered talks on Environmental and Human Rights issues in various institutions such as Friends of the Earth-Melbourne, Australian Conservation Foundation, Chulalongkom University in Thailand, among others.

Galicha talks about the issue on Climate Change, its implications and how human beings can help in “lessening” its widespread. He then shares his experiences in his journey to different countries, his interaction with people of all walks of life, dealing with the alarming issue on Climate Change and Global Warming. An open forum is also part of the program, where students voiced out their queries and clarifications on the topic.

A Letranite indeed, Galicha belonged to the Colegio’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) faculty line up where he taught subjects under the Social Sciences area. He was then elected as President of the CLAS Faculty club, adviser of Teatro de Letran and the Gauntlet, the now defunct Student Council publication. “The entire forum was very lively; no room for boredom and “dead airs”, Mr. Galicha handled the audience very well”, shared Jhun Ablao during the forum.

Similarly, Ronald Dugang, CCD Director, introduces the line up of Officers of LOVE, headed by Sherman Gabito, staff of the Office of the Student and Cultural Affairs, including Edwin Odon, Vice President; Kristina Vincoy, secretary; Paula David, assistant secretary; Joy Marquez, treasurer; Clara Bautista, auditor; Religious Affairs division representative, Emma Arrogancia and Michelle Earnshaw and Carl Choing, for Administrative and Financial Affairs divisions respectively.