Youth, Defend the Environment, Serve the People. This call united some 300 youth who voluntarily joined a three-day mission led by Tulong Kabataan-Southern Mindanao, a campaign for youth to volunteer and become involved in helping calamity-stricken areas. They have also been conducting psychosocial therapy and discussion groups in affected communities in Compostela Valley since January 26.
Tulong Kabataan had earlier conducted relief and rehabilitation operations immediately after typhoon Pable struck areas of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental and during the recent flooding in Davao City. The calamity resulted in up to 1,500 people killed, 834 missing and `40 billion worth of damage to agriculture, infrastructure and property.
The series of natural disasters in the past two years have shown them the need to further develop to a higher level political campaigns to protect the environment against continuing destruction wrought by the indiscriminate plunder of Mindanao’s natural resources.
They stressed that even as they support communities hit by typhoons and floods, they are likewise taking to task the Aquino regime and companies engaged in large-scale mining and logging for their culpability in the calamities that have transpired.