December 6, 2023

The Baguio City Council has approved a resolution “earnestly” encouraging all higher education institutions (HEIs) in the city implementing the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) to coordinate with the City Environment and Parks Management Office for the conduct of activities related to environment protection.
The resolution has been adopted by Councilor Vladimir Cayabas from the proposal of Senior Citizen Official For-A-Day (Scofad) Councilor Thelma Kim.
According to the resolution, some environment protection related programs and activities conducted by NSTP students are “not well-sustained” because HEIs are not able to identify established areas to conduct or implement such activities.
The resolution stated feasible areas for said activities may be available in certain city-owned lands and public areas as may be identified by Cepmo.
Some colleges and universities in the city have been implementing the NSTP-CWTS as part of their curriculum. The program is believed to be contributory to the general welfare and betterment of life for the members of the community and the enhancement of health, education, environment, entrepreneurship, safety, recreation, and moral of the citizenry.
The NSTP for tertiary level students was established in 2002 through Republic Act 9163 in recognition of the youth’s vital role in nation-building through the promotion of civic consciousness and development of their physical, moral, spiritual, and social well-being. – Jordan G. Habbiling