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DENR-EMB, DepEd, CHED and Smart Communications set national competition for sustainable and eco-friendly schools

Koronadal City (5 February) -- Calling all public and private schools nationwide. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) together with the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Smart Communications announce a national competition for schools that are committed in implementing various environmental programs.

According to Environment Chief Lito Atienza, schools are dynamic focal points of learning and powerful vehicles for change.

"By organizing competitions such as this, schools are given the opportunity to be recognized for their valuable efforts in implementing environment-related programs. With their efforts documented and highlighted, we can encourage students, faculty and school administrators to adopt and promote eco-friendly practices in their schools, homes and communities thus spreading the wonders of living an environmentally-smart lifestyle," Atienza said.

Atienza added that the activity also forms part of DENR's response to the newly signed law, Republic Act 9512 (An Act to Promote Environmental Awareness through Environmental Education), which requires all public and private schools to integrate environmental education in their curricula at all levels.

The nationwide contest dubbed, "National Competition for Sustainable/Eco-Friendly Schools," was organized to recognize efforts of various schools to undertake eco-friendly programs and activities. Open to all elementary, high school and tertiary school levels, 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.

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

Entries will be rated according to the following: Inclusion of Environment-Awareness Aspect in the School Policy = 30 pts; Practice of Environment-friendly processes in School Operations = 30 pts; Integration of Environment Education in the School Curriculum = 30 pts; Presence of an Environmental Student Organization or Club = 5 pts; and Special Environment Programs and Projects = 5 pts. Only one entry per school for each category will be accepted.

Participants may submit entries in two copies and in exhibit-ready tarpaulins measuring 2 ft wide x 5 ft high to respective DepEd Division Offices for elementary and high school categories, and to EMB Regional Offices for the higher education category on or before May 31, 2009. Entries can likewise be submitted online in JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi), a minimum size of 1536 x 2048 pixels, and a maximum file size of 1MB. Entries may be emailed to or The top entry per category for region will be forwarded to the EMB Central Office for national judging.

For the national level, prizes include, College, High School and Elementary: 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 cash prize of P5,000 will be given to regional finalists for each category.

For further details, please contact the Environmental Education and Information Division of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR. Telefax: (02) 9284674. or 9202251 Website: (EMB12/PIA12) [top]

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