By Mar S. Arguelles
Joselin Marcus Fragada, DENR regional executive director, lauded the CSNHS for garnering the most coveted top award among regional high schools in the country.
“This should serve as an inspiration among our local academe, to do well and strive harder to pursue a green institution, wherein students are highly aware of their roles in keeping our environment sustainable and protected,” Fragada said.
A second placer in the 2009 search, the CSNHS strived even harder and finally triumphed among the country’s eco-friendly schools by coveting the national championship this year.
Recognized for its sustainable environment-friendly programs, CSNHS was adjudged as Bicol’s most eco-friendly school in school year 2011, having pushed its environmental programs and projects to the fore of the school’s curricula.
The DENR, together with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Smart Communications, identified nine schools for the national championships in the 2011 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools.
Handing out the awards in simple ceremonies held Wednesday last week, Nov. 16, at SM City North EDSA were DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis, representing DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje; Smart’s Community Partnerships senior manager Darwin Flores; DepEd’s Nutrition Division head Dr. Juan Araojo Jr.; and CHED Director William Malitao.
In a speech read by Davis, Paje described as “overwhelming” the schools’ response to the call for entries to the competition.
The nine national champions were chosen from 45 regional champions representing the elementary, high school and college levels. For the elementary level, Iliranan Elementary School of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, Kibawe Central School in Kibawe, Bukidnon, and San Mariano Elementary School in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro were proclaimed first, second and third placers, respectively.
In the college level, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas in Cavite, Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa City, and Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City were awarded first, second and third placers, respectively.
The national champions each received plaques of recognition and cash prizes of P50,000 for first place, P40,000 for second place, and P30,000 for third place.
The awarding coincided with the celebration of National Environmental Awareness Month this November, as provided for under Republic Act No. 9512, also known as the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008.
Now on its second run, the nationwide competition aims to recognize educational institutions from elementary to college levels that have the best sustainable and environment-friendly programs and activities.
The activity is the Philippines’ initiative in support of the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (2008-2012), and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
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By Jason B. Neola
By virtue of Ordinance No. 2011-001, the Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) was created out of the former Waste and Pollution Management Division of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO), elevating the new office into a regular department, to be headed by a Solid Waste Management Officer.
Now steered by Engr. Joel Martin as department officer, the existing City Motorpool that he heads has also been placed under the new department.
As provided for by the ordinance, the SWMO will have the following functions:
a. Develop plans, programs and projects on solid waste management compliant with Republic Act 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act and other applicable laws and execute the same upon approval thereof;
b. Maintain cleanliness of city hall premises, city streets, street islands, parks and plazas and other public spaces as may be assigned by the city mayor; and
c. Coordinate with government agencies and/or offices and non-government organizations regarding the different programs and projects of the city government on solid waste management.
In addition to its regular functions, the SWMO has also been designated by City Mayor John G. Bongat, through his Administrative Order No. 2011-007, as Special Concerns Office, with Engr. Martin, the newly-designated City Solid Management Officer, as executive director.
The Special Concerns Office will serve as implementing office of small scale community projects which may be completed through unified community efforts (i.e. rabuz or barangay basis). These projects, among others, include drainages, pathways, sun dryers, public rest rooms, pavements for communal use and all undertakings that may be determined by the city mayor as special projects.