Last December 28-30, the 2nd SEAklab Coastal Camp was held at Oslob, Cebu with the theme “Igniting the Spirit of Coastal Stewardship”. The 3-day camp is a youth-led environmental program which aims to build on the current knowledge of the youth on the importance of marine and coastal conservation, promote youth-led governance as well as start-up a network of young and pro-active, marine conservationists in Cebu. This year’s SEAklab Coastal Camp is joined by a much more diverse group of delegates from at least 8 coastal communities participated mainly by the youth leaders from CCEF’s Our Ocean Project sites in ADABOSS (Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander and Samboan), free divers from Alcoy and Argao (Bad Divers and Southside Freedivers) and Talisay ( Barangay Biasong, and Boy Scouts of the Philippines-Talisay Chapter). For 3 days, the delegates are exposed to the different coastal environments, emerging issues and the importance in involving communities in managing them.
DAY 1: Marine and Coastal Conservation, Sustainable Ecopreneurship, Social Inclusion & Equity, Advocacy Making and Resolution Writing on Environmental Policies.
On the first day of the camp, the delegates listen to different lectures from young professionals and experts in the field of Marine and Coastal Conservation, Sustainable Ecopreneurship, Social Inclusion & Equity, Advocacy making, and Resolution writing on Environmental Policies. As an ice-breaker, campers also participated in Kahoot trivia questions and a dance Zumba to help start-up the day.
Southeast Cebu Coastal Resource Management Council Chair and Oslob Municipal Mayor Jose Tumulak welcomed the delegates in Oslob. Oslob Municipal Agriculture Officer, Proceso Bomediano also had a short talk on coastal law enforcement in Oslob, including some reminders for the delegates on the COVID-19 guidelines. Campers were grouped according to their respective municipalities and were asked to create their own advocacy video and resolution as part of their output for the coastal youth camp.
DAY 2: Breakout Session on Coastal Cleanup, Information, Education and Communication Campaign (IEC) and Snorkel Survey.
On the 2nd day of the coastal camp, the delegates were grouped into three activities: Information, Education and Communication Campaign (IEC), Coastal Cleanup, and a Snorkel Survey. The campers were oriented by their respective camp masters on how to conduct the activities, as well as how data is collected from coastal cleanups and snorkel surveys which is also used in feedbacking and decision-making for stakeholders in a community. By the end of the 2nd day, the campers present their advocacy video and proposed resolutions to support their chosen advocacy.
Checkout the delegates’ advocacy videos on our youtube channel: Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation Inc. – YouTube
DAY 3: Awarding and Recognition
On the 3rd day of the camp, the delegates attended the awarding and recognition for the top delegate of SEAklab Coastal Camp 2020, as well as the respective winners for all activities. The top delegates for SEAklab 2020 are as follows:
Top 1 Most Outstanding Delegate: Dexter Anthony Sabandon
2nd: Rolin Mejala
3rd: Edgar Mangubat
4th: Jentor Bucol Jr. & Hannah Debuayan
5th: Glydel Mae Cabonita
6th: Ren Caryl Delena
7th: Jaya Mae Ordona
8th: Margarito Mosqueda
9th: Mary Jean Caduan
10th: Kimberly Anne Arias
” SEAKlab taught us how important it is to preserve and maintain the cleanliness of our coastal areas and also preserve our marine species. It helps not just our environment but also our economic growth. Together, lets start saving our coastal areas, preserve our marine species and LET SEA HAVE A BETTER FUTURE”Dexter Anthony Sabandon
SEAklab 2020 Most Outstanding Delegate
We would like to thank everyone who supported during the entirety of the SEAklab 2020 Youth camp including the Municipality of Oslob, ADABOSS and Talisay Delegates, as well as the SEAklab 2019 Alumni who helped us in organizing the event. Congratulations to a job well done and have a happy and sustainable New year!