The Philippine Bat Conservation, Inc., in coordination with the Student Affairs Practitioners Association of Region XI (SAPAR XI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI (DENR-XI) and SM City Davao, organized the ECO-Conservation Fair on April 27-30, 2009 at the SM City Davao’s Entertainment Plaza, Quimpo Blvd., Davao City. This event was participated in by academic institutions, environmental organizations, public/government offices, community organizations, corporate groups and the general public from Davao City, Samal, Digos City, Tagum City and other areas of the Davao Region.
With the theme, “Conserve, Preserve, and Rehabilitate (CPR) the Ecosystem”, the activity aimed to (a) convene key personalities, youth advocates, student leaders, corporate and public officers to develop their roles as responsible protectors of our bats and environment; (b) educate the general public in the Davao Region on the life cycle, behavior patterns, habitat, status and importance of bats in the ecosystem; and (c) engage the public and corporate sectors to appreciate and actively partake in environmental conservation, preservation, and rehabilitation. To understand the impact of bat conservation in the environment, the fair was structured to focus on conserving the entire ecosystem itself rather than to concentrate on bats alone, although bats and bat conservation were the main subjects. The set of activities for the ECO-Conservation Fair include interactive workshop sessions, recycling artists’ eco-fair, conservation-documentary showing, eco-face painting, forums, animal appreciation sessions, exhibits, eco-friendly products display and live entertainment among the many events outlined for the program.
The ECO-Conservation Fair, held at Davao’s premier mall, was one of Davao Region’s biggest conservation activity participated in by members of the academic, corporate, private, and government sectors. It is also said to be the most talked about eco-event given its unique “cave replica” entrance and impressive 3D exhibits. PBCI outlined activities catering different ages and even set a kids’ corner area so children could have eco-art appreciation while their guardians attend to forums and documentary viewing simultaneously.
The outstanding support of the academic sector thru SAPAR XI, an association of the region’s University Directors of Student Affairs, triggered the interest of the students for bat conservation and volunteerism. Different colleges showcased their individual efforts by presenting environmentally-focused cultural performances.