1. Description of Our Team
We are third year students from Saint Louis University Laboratory High School, Baguio City. Our team consists of four members namely Marizette, Leigh, Sandra and Kristin. Marizette, during her elementary years, was part of organizations that are involved with the environment and the society. She is assiduous in formulating ideas since she has guidance coming from her sister who had participated in this competition for the past year. Leigh was raised in Palawan. She wants to preserve her hometown's beauty. She is also optimistic. She always looks at the bright side of everything. She is the group's motivator. Sandra is very active when it comes to extracurricular activities, inside and outside the school. She believes that with her skills and interests, she could help in saving Palawan. Kristin is a nature lover. Since her childhood, she was against any activity which destroys the environment. She loves to join tree planting activities to help solve the problem of global warming. She is also fond of beautifying her surroundings like landscaping gardens. We joined together as a team to do this project to let the people be aware of the negative effects that the mining in Palawan might bring and to get the people’s support against the said activity. Palawan is one of the proofs that the Philippines is very rich when it comes to natural resources. If this mining activity would push through, the beauty of Palawan will be destroyed and the indigenous people's health in Palawan would be greatly affected. We will not let this happen. The work in this project is distributed according to our team member's strength, interest and skill. Mr. Vincent Tabor, Mr. Elizer Jay Delos Reyes and Ms. Kristel Melendez backed us up in our project when we needed help and when we had difficulties.
2. Summary of Our Project
2. Summary of Our Project - Our project, 'No to Mining in Palawan' aims to preserve the beauty of the last treasures remaining in the Philippines. The purpose of our project is to spread the message to all the Filipinos that the beauty of our country should be saved for the future and next generations. Although there is an act where the government allows miners to mine in other parts, there are limitations to these. Mining companies should not abuse it. They should think of the treasures they will destroy and the lives that they would endanger. We hope that our project will not only teach Filipinos but all the people around the world. Our project shows that creations of God should be preserved and cared for. People should not destroy these beautiful creations because sooner or later, we would also be the one regretting all the things we have done. Our project teaches us that we should learn how to prevent actions which can break or destroy things where we can get benefits or sources for living. Lastly, our project will be the one to guide everyone to the right path of attaining out goals, which is to preserve and save the treasures that have not been destroyed and touched by human hands.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
- In every project, there will always be a problem that the members have to overcome. And sometimes, these problems might bring the team of researchers down. But our team is ready for all those problems. One problem that we've faced is that our topic is not that easy. We are from Baguio City and we chose to make No to Mining in Palawan our topic. Baguio City is very far from Palawan since Baguio is in Luzon while Palawan is in Visayas. Although for the past years, it had been part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. Another problem is that we must communicate with ABS-CBN, a television company in the Philippines, regarding the necessary information we have to know. We decided to communicate with them because they advertise the No to Mining in Palawan campaign. They help in letting people know that it is not right to mine a beautiful place like Palawan. There's also one show in ABS-CBN that featured one person who is against the mining in Palawan. This particular show was Maalaala Mo Kaya which told the story of a woman who got blind but still continued to fight against this issue. The third and last problem is that we also have to communicate with the family of Dr. Jerry Ortega. He is also against this issue but unfortunately, he was killed by those people who are pro-Mining in Palawan. Until now, justice isn't prevailed to the Ortega family. We plan to interview them anytime possible regarding the incident. Maybe we had a lot of problems but with our teamwork and cooperation, we were able to overcome them. Every problem has a solution as they say. If you want something, you'll find a way to get it.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
5. Our Project Sound Bite - 'The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.' We want to be different; we want to stay away from clichés. Modernity is not always the answer and we all know that natural beauty is the best. We have to stand up for what we believe in especially when it concerns the things that we own. With the many issues surrounding the Philippines today, the only advantage we have is our natural wonder. But these too are slowly weakening due to human activity. Let us not make matters worse by giving in to self-indulgence when we all know that this is not what's best for our beloved home.
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
- Our project strictly followed the curriculum guidelines given to us to be able to join. We tried hard to answer the questions precisely and even researched about it. With all the new things we have done, there are new skills that we have learned. This includes having more knowledge in HTML. We also improved our creative skills with our webpage. We better understand our international issues by reading about it and trying to find a solution for it. We discovered that we all applied the lessons taught to us and we are able to use it here in our project. Using the internet for teaching and learning has been more effective than traditional methods because it is more advanced and information around the world is updated daily. Although methods before can still be effective because we can say that facts here are very precise, it's not updated daily.