Jose Rizal University has fully embraced the Go Green advocacy and is now creating ways on how to implement eco ideas not only to their students but also to the university employees. On November 11, 2016, Rizalian employees and students gathered together for the launching of the JRU Go Green Campaign.

Before the program started, the JRU Drummers were heating up the crowd. The JRU Pep Squad also gave an outstanding performance for everyone. A lot of students gathered to see what was coming since the gathering was unannounced. Even though the weather wasn’t good that day, it didn’t stop everyone from pushing through the event. The masters of the ceremony were both employees of the university – the AHR Director, Dr. Marybell B. Materum and the Student Coordinator from the Student Development office, Mr. Kurt Blanco. Both were very enthusiastic as they went through the program. This was indeed an event worth coming to, since not only the President VKF was there but most especially the students from all the divisions came to support the launch.

Dr. Materum was the one who presented the eco ideas for the employees to be implemented in their respective offices. One of those was the idea of turning off the lights in offices when not in use, also the proper segregation of trash in the bins. Her vision was to create an environment that not only focuses on lessening the amount of Carbon Footprint but also an environment that promotes recycling. After her, Dr. Cuyugan the Director of the Student Development Office also presented programs for the students of JRU. All of the programs were under the umbrella of Ugaling Rizaliano, a campaign that envisions JRU as the “Eco Friendly University” or the “Green University” of the Philippines. The primary events to reach that goal were Awareness and Research programs to be participated by the four divisions, starting from the Elementary up to the College Division.

The “TugSayAwit” is a jingle making competition about ways on how to make an Eco-friendly campus and it is for the Elementary students. For the Junior Highschool division, they will be making a Digital Poster about saving the environment. The Senior Highschool students will be participating in a research forum that will be showcasing their researches and proposals on how to make JRU a healthier campus. College students will be creating original songs that are about how they envision a green environment. Though these were presented during the event, details about these will be announced in the coming days by the Central Student Council.

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The highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Go Green logo led by the University President. After that, an original song titled “Sino” was performed. This was written by Kenneth Dael, the Vice President for External Affairs of the JRU Chorale. Fohlaliz Dimayuga sang with him during the performance while Leo Mansilungan recited a poem he composed during the interludes of the song. Both of them are members of Teatro Rizal. The program ended with a bang as everyone gathered together as one for the solidarity dance. That moment really showed how Rizalians love each other and also support advocacies about the environment. That day really uplifted our campus spirits.

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“Sino, Sino, Sino ba ang kikilos? Sino, Sino, Sino ba ang aayos? Sino, Sino, Sino ba ang makikinabang nito? Sino pa kundi tayo-tayo” These were the words everyone remembered that day, we hope that the Go Green Campaign will not only be present in posters and launching events but also will be implemented in the campus. Rizalians, let’s unite in making JRU a cleaner and a greener environment! Animo Rizal!

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