Allen Glen C. Gil, a senior Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering student at Visayas State University, will represent the Philippines in the 2019 ASEAN+3 Youth Environment Forum (AYEF) in Phuket, Thailand on September 8-13, along with three others.

Javan Lev Poblador of Negros Oriental State University, Diofan Tampoy of Mindanao State University - General Santos Campus, Frances Danielle De Leon of the University of the Philippines Diliman complete the four-member Philippine delegation.

AYEF aims to raise awareness and encourage youths in the ASEAN Plus Three Countries—Japan, China, and Korea—to protect the environment. 

This year’s conference is anchored on the theme, “Clean Up Our Sea. Change Our Future,” which will provide opportunities for delegates to enhance their awareness of the marine debris problem and its impacts, as well as increase their knowledge and skills in relation to marine conservation management.

According to the Philippine Youth Environment Network’s Facebook post, the forum will discuss environmental issues, cooperative programs, and activities in order to equip and involve the young generation of the regions towards sustainability.

The conference will also result in an ASEAN+3 youth statement on the importance of youth participation, contribution and stewardship in advocating environmental messages to the schools and communities to promote a clean and green environment and achieve sustainable development for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Gil was recently awarded as the 2019 Most Outstanding Agricultural Biosystems Engineering student leader of the Philippines.

Some of his contributions include spearheading numerous collaborative youth-led environmental education and awareness campaign, restorative initiatives and youth-empowerment activities, and being an active member in local, regional and national organizations.

He was also chosen as the Philippine delegate to the 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Regional Workshop: Protecting the Mekong Delta Environment in Vietnam, Philippine delegate to the Youth in Landscapes Workshop during the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany, and was an exchange scholar at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan from October 2018 until August 2019.

Gil is now back at VSU to finish his bachelor’s degree by June 2020.