42 schools to vie for most sustainable, eco-friendly educational institutions

November 11, 2009 9:49 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 11 — A total of 42 schools in elementary, secondary and tertiary levels will vie for the most sustainable and eco-friendly learning institutions in the country, with awarding to be held on November 19 at the SM City North Edsa in Quezon City as part of the National Environmental Awareness Month pursuant to the Environmental Awareness and Education Law (Republic Act No. 9512).

The contending schools, comprised of 14 elementary, 15 high school and 12 colleges and universities, are all regional winners in their respective categories in the Regional Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Smart Communications.

DENR Secretary Lito Atienza stressed the importance of early orientation of children on environmental protection, both at home and in school. “We need to start teaching our kids as early as we can to take responsibility in safeguarding our environment. Schools are dynamic focal points of learning and powerful vehicles of change. Parents and teachers can work together to spread the wonders of living an environmentally-smart lifestyle”

Launched early this year, the “National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools” was organized to recognize efforts of various schools to undertake eco-friendly programs and activities and encourage schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues at a practical and local level.

The search was also intended to develop skills and understanding among students, faculty and school administrators to initiate active responses and increase community awareness and involvement on environmental concerns.

Anchored on the theme, "Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives,” the contest has three categories: elementary, secondary and tertiary. Prizes for the national level include: P50,000 – 1st Prize; P40,000 – 2nd Prize; P30,000 – 3rd Prize and plaques of recognition for elementary, secondary and tertiary education level winners.

Criteria for judging are as follows: environment-related aspects of the school’s policy (20 points); environment-friendly school operations and presence of environmental programs (30 points); environment-related features of the school curriculum (30 points); presence of vibrant eco- organizations in campus (10 points); and presence of partners and linkages in environment programs/projects (10 points).

The following are the names of the regional winners. For the elementary level, the winners are North Central Elementary School, Dagupan City, Pangasinan; Peñablanca East Central School, Peñablanca, Cagayan; Baliwag North Central School, Baliwag, Bulacan; Manghinao Elementary School, Bauan, Batangas; P.Garcia Memorial Elementary School in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro; Sunshine International School, Legazpi City, Albay; Ara-al Elementary School, La Carlota, Negros Occidental; Asia Elementary School, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental; Bantayan Central Elementary School, Bantayan Island, Cebu; Tongonan Kananga School for Excellence, Kananga, Leyte; Buenavista Elementary School, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte; Marawer Elementary School, Kapatagan, Digos City, Davao del Sur; Cotabato City Central Pilot School, Cotabato City, Maguindanao; Badas Elementary School, Placer, Surigao del Norte; and Pembo Elementary School, Pembo, Makati City.

For the high school level, the regional finalists are Don Bosco High School, Lagawe, Ifugao; Solsona National High School, Solsona, Ilocos Norte; Bukig National Agricultural and Technical School, Aparri, Cagayan; Alexis Santos High School, Bustos, Bulacan; Don Pedro Guevara High School, Sta. Cruz, Laguna; President Diosdado Macapagal Memorial National High School, Gloria, Oriental Mindoro; Camarines Sur National High School, Naga City, Camarines Sur; La Castellana National High School, La Castellana, Negros Occidental; Malingin National High School, Daan Bantayan, Cebu; San Policarpio National High School, Calbayog City, Samar; Sulangon National High School, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte; Daniel Aguinaldo National High School, Davao City, Davao; Tampakan National High School, Tampakan, South Cotabato; Agusan National High School, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte; Malabon National High School, Malabon City.

For the college level, the schools that made it are Benguet State University, La Trinidad, Benguet; Mariano Marcos State University, Batac, Ilocos Norte; St. Paul University of the Philippines, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija; De La Salle University, Dasmariñas, Cavite; Palawan State University, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Catanduanes State Colleges, Virac, Catanduanes; West Negros University, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental; St. Paul University, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental; Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte; Davao Doctors College, Davao City, Davao; and Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. (PNA)

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