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293 Students Design a Sustainable Plan for Quezon City

The students have a message for Quezon City's leaders.
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High school students from Quezon City have something to say to their local government leaders. Some 293 student leaders have released their vision statement detailing their plans for a sustainable future for the largest city in Metro Manila. 

Students from Balingasa High School, Judge Feliciano Belmonte Senior High School, Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma Senior High School, and the Alternative Learning System participated in the workshop, Our City 2030: Youth Visions and Solutions

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Below is the vision statement of the students. 

Kami ay nangangarap ng isang bagong Quezon City na maayos, maunlad at mapayapa, na pinamumunuan ng pamahalaang tapat sa tungkulin, may malasakit at pinahahalagahan ang boses ng kabataan; kung saan ang mga mamamayan ay may respeto, disiplina, pagkakaisa, pagtutulungan at lahat ay malayang natatamasa ang malinis na kapaligiran, maaasahang serbisyong pangkalusugan, epektibong sistema ng transportasyon, ligtas na pamayanan, sapat na pampublikong pabahay, matatag na kabuhayan at  napapanahong teknolohiya na makakapagbigay ng makabuluhang impormasyon at makakatuwang sa kalidad na edukasyon pagdating ng 2030.” 

(“We are hoping for a new Quezon City that is orderly, successful, peaceful, and run by honest government officials who are compassionate and listen to the youth, where citizens are respectful, disciplined, and unified. We envision a city that has clean surroundings, reliable health services, effective transportation, and safe environs. There is enough public housing, stable livelihoods, and relevant technologies that facilitate the fluid transfer of information in support of quality education toward 2030.”)

The statement of the student’s plan is a result of the workshops they attended about climate change, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, and global warming. It also introduced the concept of Education for Sustainable Development to help in developing the skills, knowledge, attributes, and values of the youth.

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They were also asked to assess and rate the status of Quezon City on its life, work, and play dimensions, which were later paralleled to the pillars of sustainable development: people, progress, and the planet. The students’ plan is part of WWF-Philippines’goal to #ChangeTheEnding as it strives to foster sustainable futures communities and local governments. 

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