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DENR starts search for 2011 sustainable and eco-friendly schools

Tacloban City (September 16) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is again conducting a search for the 2011 eco-friendly schools of the country inspired by the positive responses from schools during it first search in 2009.

DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said that interested schools that will participate in the 2011 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools may start submitting their school?s documentation of their eco-friendly program.

The nationwide contest dubbed, "2011 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools," is a direct response to Republic Act No. 9512 also known as the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008. It is also the Philippine initiative in support to the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (2008-2012).

The contest was also organized to highlight achievement of schools that are committed in implementing various environmental programs. Open to all elementary, high school and tertiary school levels, both public and private, the activity aims to encourage schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues at a practical and local level. It also aims to develop skills and understanding among students, faculty and school administrators to initiate active responses and increase community awareness and involvement on environmental concerns.

Last year, a total of nine schools were declared as national champs for the 2009 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools. These include the following: (Elementary Category) First prize - Peņablanca East Central School, Aggugaddan-Malibabag, Peņablanca, Cagayan; Second prize - North Central Elementary School, Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan City, Pangasinan; and Third prize - Badas Elementary School, Badas, Placer, Surigao del Norte.

For the high school category, the winners were: First place - La Castellana National High School, La Castellana, Negros Occidental; Second place - Camarines Sur National High School, Naga City, Camarines Sur; and Third place- Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina, Davao City.

For the college category, the winners were: First place ? Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Second place ? Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte; and Third place ? Catanduanes State Colleges, Virac, Catanduanes.

School entries should revolve around the theme "Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives." Participating schools should include a brief description of the Project.

Entries will be rated according to the following criteria: Environment-related Aspects of the School?s Policy (20 pts); Environment-friendly School Operations and Presence of Environmental Programs (30 pts); Environment-related Features of the School Curriculum (30 pts); Presence of Vibrant Eco Organizations in Campus (10 pts); and Presence of Partners and Linkages in Environment Programs/Projects (10 pts). Only one entry per school will be accepted.

For the national level, prizes in the College, High School and Elementary levels include, P50,000 - 1st Prize; P40,000 - 2nd Prize; P30,000 - 3rd Prize and plaques of recognition.

For the regional level, a certificate of recognition and a prize of in check of P10,000 will be given to regional winners for each category. (PIA 8) [top]

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