DENR-EMB bares winners in search for sustainable and eco-friendly schools in Region 12
by BSL Meditar and MA Calungsod
Koronadal City (30 June) -- The Regional Offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR XII), through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB XII) and the Department of Education (DepEd XII), with Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) recently concluded the Regional Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools for elementary and high school categories.
Dr. Ruth L. Estacio, DepEd XII Regional Science Coordinator and chair of the board of judges for the said search recently bared that the Cotabato City Central Pilot Elementary School (CCPES) and the Tampakan National High School in Tampakan, South Cotabato, won First Places for the elementary and high school categories, respectively. The CCPES bested five other elementary schools in Region XII while the Tampakan National High School competed against four other high schools in the Region.
The two winning schools will receive the top prize of P5,000 each and will represent the Region in the national level of the search with the following prizes at stake, courtesy of Smart: First Place - P50,000; Second Place - P40,000; and Third Place - P30,000, plus plaques of recognition.
The Katangawan Elementary School in General Santos City and Koronadal Central Elementary School I in Koronadal City won Second and Third Places, respectively in the elementary category.
Lake Sebu National High School in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato and Bambad National High School in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat for placed second and third places, respectively in the high school category.
The runners-up will receive cash prizes of P4,000 for the second place and P3,000 for the second place in both categories, including plaques of recognition, courtesy of SMI. The awarding ceremony is scheduled in September this year, in time for the celebration of the Ozone Month.
"Originally, only one winner was supposed to be selected for each category, however, we want to encourage more schools to join in contests like this next time. Hence, through the initiative of DepEd we have tapped the Sagitarrius Mines Inc. as sponsor for the second and third prizes. Smart is supporting this nationwide competition under its Kabalikat sa Kalikasan Program," Dr. Estacio explained.
EMB XII Regional Director Datu Tungko M. Saikol said that this search is in response to Republic Act 9512 (An Act to Promote Environmental Awareness through Environmental Education, approved in December 12, 2008) which requires all public and private schools to integrate environmental education in their curricula at all levels.
Director Saikol also shared some of the criteria used in choosing the winners. "The school should have a program on greening; waste management; electricity, paper and water conservation; as well as pollution prevention. Likewise, the school should have a functioning eco-club among students with at least one eco-project per school year over the past two years, as well as the corresponding financial and logistical support to the student eco-clubs."
The two other members of the Board of Judges for this regional search were Mr. Jhul L. Tare, chief of Ecological Solid Waste Management Section of DENR-EMB XII and Mr. Jose "Butch" C. Sebua, social and environment superintendent of SMI, representing the private sector. (Locsin/PIA SarGen) [top]