Baguio City sweeps regional energy awards

September 5, 2013 9:24 am 

MANILA, Sept. 4 — Philippine summer capital Baguio City eclipsed other cities competing in the 2013 national search for eco-friendly schools as three learning institutions there garnered the special regional Energy Leadership Award in all categories of the competition.

The search's implementing arm Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) noted those Baguio City-based regional energy champions are Lucban Elementary School (primary school category), Baguio City National High School (secondary school category) and St. Louis University (tertiary school category).

EMB data show other cities that joined the search produced regional energy winners in either one or two categories only.

Such areas with two regional winners each are Quezon City (Commonwealth Elementary School and Miriam College), Isabela province's Santiago City (Santiago City National High School and University of La Salette), Batangas province's Batangas City (Julian A. Pastor Memorial Elementary School and Balete National High School), Zamboanga del Norte province's Dipolog City (Sicayab Elementary School and Dipolog City National High School) as well as South Cotabato province's Koronadal City (Koronadal Central Elementary School II and Notre Dame of Marbel University).

The special Energy Leadership Award from EMB partner Manila Electric Company's One Meralco Foundation is for the search's school-participants having the best practices and initiatives on energy efficiency and conservation as well as on electrical safety.

EMB noted other areas that also produced regional energy champions in the primary school category are Vintar, Ilocos Norte (Lubnac Elementary School); San Mateo, Isabela (Victoria Elementary School); Limay, Bataan (Limay Elementary School); Oriental Mindoro (Camilmil Central School); San Carlos City, Negros Occidental (Malindog Elementary School); Liloan, Cebu (Simeon Ayuda Elementary School); Palompon, Leyte (Lomonon Elementary School); Kibawe, Bukidnon (Kibawe Elementary School); Kapalong, Davao del Norte (Luna Elementary School) and Butuan City (Father Saturnino Urios University-Elementary School).

Other areas with regional winners in the secondary school category are Piddig, La Union (Don Salustiano Aquino Memorial National High School); Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan (Dona Remedios Trinidad High School); Cajidiocan, Romblon (Cajidiocan National High School); Magallanes, Sorsogon (Magallanes National Vocational High School); Tubungan, Iloilo (Tubungan National High School); Palapag, Northern Samar (Sumoroy Agro-Industrial School); Davao del Norte (Asuncion National High School); Tulunan, South Cotabato (Tulunan National High School) and Mainit, Surigao del Norte (Matin-ao National High School).

The other areas with tertiary regional winners include Vigan City, Ilocos Sur (University of Northern Philippines); Magalang, Pampanga (Pampanga Agricultural College); Aborlan, Palawan (Western Philippines University); Naga City (Universidad de Sta. Isabel); Bacolod City, Negros Occidental (La Consolacion College-Bacolod); Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental (Foundation University); Baybay City, Leyte (Visayas State University); Maramag, Bukidnon (Central Mindanao University) and Davao City (Davao Doctors College).

According to EMB information chief Ellen Basug, the regional school-champions are vying to be national recipients of Meralco's special energy award.

EMB further boosted its bid for energy efficiency and conservation nationwide by partnering with One Meralco Foundation to recognize Philippine schools promoting energy efficiency and conservation as well as electrical safety measures.

The partners believe conferring the recognition will help encourage members of the academic community, particularly school enrollees, to increasingly advocate and spearhead such measures in respective families and communities.

"This will go a long way," EMB Dir. Juan Miguel Cuna said, optimistic about expected gains from the partnership both parties formalized this week in Metro Manila through a memorandum of agreement he signed.

The agreement's other signatories are Basug as well as the foundation's president Jeffrey Tarayao and corporate secretary Zarah Villanueva-Castro.

"We think recognizing the academe will have a ripple effect," said Tarayao.

He noted being exposed to sustainable energy measures in the academe can help school enrollees and personnel better appreciate and explain the matter to respective kin and friends so they, in turn, can be energy stewards as well.

In 2009, EMB launched the biennial search for the country's eco-friendly primary, secondary and tertiary schools to help promote sustainable and environment-friendly initiatives in the academic sector.

EMB will declare the search's national winners this November when the country celebrates National Environmental Awareness Month.

Aside from One Meralco Foundation, EMB's partners in the search are Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, telecommunication leader Smart Communications and food giant Nestle Philippines.

Nestle's special award for water conservation and management is part of the search, EMB added. (PNA)

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