Ecological Strengthening through Environmental Rehabilitation and Orientation (ESTERO) program is an initiative developed by Misamis University Community Extension Program (MUCEP) in response to the Adopt-an-Estero program of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Ozamiz City that is geared towards the rehabilitation of the creeks in Ozamiz City. One of the activities designed for the ESTERO program is the Environmental Classes for Children (ECC). It is basically designed to educate the children aged 5-16 years old living along Carangan Creek on the fresh water, water cycle and the importance and functions of creeks and the ways to rehabilitate it. This activity was spearheaded by Misamis University Community Extension Program (MUCEP), with the invaluable support from the Grade School Department Faculty and National Service Training Program (NSTP) Coordinators who facilitated the classes. These 2-day classes were held last April 20-21, 2015 at Misamis University Grade School Department with 85 attending children out of 120 listed participants from barangays Carangan, Lam-an, 50th Barangay, and San Roque. This endeavor was supported by the Misamis University National Training Program and Elim Magnolia Chicken Distribution who generously donated lunch for the participants.
The participants were divided into groups according to ages 5-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-16. During the first day, they were able to define the fresh water and water cycle and its importance to our daily lives. Moreover, varied activities were incorporated in the discussion such as group discussion, fish tank demonstration, water cycle role playing, board games using cartolina strips, identifying a clean and dirty creek with the use of pictures and showing of video clips of creeks. Each activity awaited school supplies as prizes donated by the National Service Training Program students.
On the second day, students were enlightened on the importance and functions of creek and proper waste disposal. Moreover, in the afternoon, the participants were toured to Carangan Creek from the source in Brgy. Carangan to its estuarine in Brgy. San Roque. After the tour, the kids were able to rate and compare the situation of the creek in each barangay from one another through the Carangan Creek Health Sheet that provided them categories they are going to rate. Mostly, their rating on the Carangan Creek was very low which indicates that the situation of our Carangan Creek is bad. On April 22, 2015, the participants marched on the stage as they received their Certificates of Completion, attended by MUCEP personnel, DENR EMB 10 Senior Specialist Ms. Teresa M. Digamo, NSTP Director Dr. Virgilio H. Onganiza, and MU Grade School Principal Ms. Analyn Clarin and faculty of Grade School Department.
Another part of the program is the Cleanest Estero Portion Part II which was awarded to Barangay Carangan who garnered 83% total points. There were 2 series of Barangay inspections with the judges consisted by DENR EMB 10 Sr. Specialist Ms. Teresa M. Digamo, Public Service Officer IV Mr. Camilo Q. Candongo of Ozamiz City General Services Office, and NSTP Director Dr. Virgilio H. Onganiza.