Toshiba Youth Club Asia Essay Contest

To create a network of next-generation Asian leaders with a long-term vision to sustain the future of Asia, Toshiba Youth Club Asia (TYCA) is again inviting students from Southeast Asian countries and from Japan to gather in Tokyo for a week from March 20-27, 2019 to appreciate diversity of Asian cultures, discuss critical social issues as world energy and environmental protection, role of science for social innovation, and eventually work together to create the long-term vision of Asia toward 2040. One male and one female high school student from the Philippines will be invited to join this group. To qualify, students must be highly interested in Japan, with interest in promoting exchanges with Asian countries and must write a 1,000 words essay with the title, “The roles of my country and of Asia for a sustainable world”. Please submit your Essay with your Name, Age, School and Year to the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA) at on or before the 6th of October 2018. High school applicants to the TYCA invitation must be between 15 and 18 years old.

Reposted from Cecilia P. Tolentino.

Adaptation to Sea Level Rise forum

The Political Science 189 Class (Environmental Politics and Governance) of the College of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines Cebu, in cooperation with the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development – Cebu (RCE Cebu) and Philajames Cebu, are co-hosting a lecture-forum series on Adaptation to Sea Level Rise.

31 August 2018, 3-6pm at the UP Cebu Union Hall
Topic: “Adaptation to sea level rise: lessons from global examples of land subsidence”
Speaker: Dr. Miguel Esteban, Waseda University

5 September 2018, 2-5pm at the UP Cebu AVR 1
Topic: “Adaptation to Sea Level Rise: Learning from small islands in the Philippines affected by land subsidence”
Speaker: Ms. Lau Jamero, University of Tokyo

We cordially invite you to join us and share insights in these critical discussions, which are highly relevant in the context of extreme climate events and disasters threatening our most vulnerable small islands and coastal communities.

Open to the public. No registration fee.



RCE Profile

RCE Details
Region (please circle): Africa & Middle East / Asia-Pacific / Europe / The Americas
Country: Philippines
Date of RCE acknowledgement: April, 2006
Short description of RCE and geographic region: A multisectoral network designed to strengthen

collaboration among institutional partners working for ESD and SDGs at all levels: global, regional, and local.


RCE Cebu is located in Cebu,  an island province located in the Central Philippine region called Visayas, which comprises 167 islands. The 5000 sq. km. island province includes Cebu city, the oldest city in the country, and is home to over 3 million people. The 300 km long and 40 km wide island has long been known for its coastal beauty (Please see RCE-Cebu factsheet)

Vision of the RCE: RCE-CEBU proposes to create an active, stable, regional resource, communication centre and network to document, to disseminate, and to share the urgent need for, as well as the best practices and responses related to ESD and SDGs. (Please see RCE-Cebu factsheet)
Goals and objectives of the RCE: The main goal of RCE Cebu is to contribute towards the achievement of the goals of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The RCE is designed to translate the ESD agenda from a global perspective into actionable terms at the regional and local levels.


RCE Cebu seeks to utilise the expertise of regional and local institutions while complementing their respective activities, both to promote a greater understanding of the role of ESD as well as to initiate projects that specifically address such issues. The ultimate beneficiaries of RCE Cebu’s activities shall be all sectors of society in the Visayas that are or will be affected by or that have an effect upon the sustainable development of the region. The direct target beneficiaries of the RCE Cebu will be potential agents of change in the region – school teachers at elementary and secondary schools, university professors, researchers, technical experts from museums, local government officials, NGOs, community-based organisations, representatives of local enterprises, media practitioners and others (Please see RCE-Cebu factsheet)

Organisation hosting RCE Secretariat: University of the Philippines Cebu
Key partners of your RCE and their roles: Name of organisation: Cebu Uniting for Sustainable Water

Role: Co-initiator and among the present RCE-CEBU officers

Contact name: Socorro Atega Tan

Contact email:


Name of organisation: San Francisco ,Camotes Island Local Government Unit

Role: Multi-awardee showcase for Effective Purok Governance, Waste Management and Disaster Management, former President of RCE-Cebu and present Trustee of RCE Board

Contact name: Alfredo Arquillano Jr.

Contact email:

Please list key dates of upcoming events and/or meetings with partners: June 30, 2018  Consultative Session  with Partners with Initiatives on ESD and SDGs

December 7-9 , 2018 Hosting of Global RCE Conference

Please list the current activities your RCE is working on: 1)      Strengthening and updating network of partners’ with ESD and SDGs initiatives ( recent June 30 Consultative Session)

2)      Preparing to host the December 2018 Global RCE Conference

3)    Ongoing communication and planning for collaborative research on Disaster Management with RCE Borderlands México-USA (RCE BMU) at Living Lab/Centro de Diálogo y Transformación-Autonomous University of Chihuahua MÉXICO

Please list upcoming/planned activities your RCE is working on: 1)      Eco-field trips to partners’ ESD and SDGs sites including RCE Youth Linkage with Farmers

2)      Follow up consultations and training with partners on ESD and SDGs

3)      Directory and Mapping of ESD and SDGs initiatives in Cebu, Philippines

Please list achievements of your RCE: 1)      Forest Community Project,  Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu Province,

2)      Coastal Community Linkage, San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu Province

3)      Hosted 2015 RCE Asia-Pacific Conference

Contact Details
Main RCE Contact (name and email): Maria Rosario ( Cherry) Piquero-Ballescas

Secondary RCE Contact (name and email): Vice Mayor Alfredo Arquillano Jr.

RCE Youth Coordinator/s (name and email): Randel  Cedie Samonte

General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:  RCE-CEBU Secretariat – University of the Philippines Cebu Rm. 250 Arts and Sciences Bldg. Gorordo Ave., Lahug, Cebu City, 6000 Philippines
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