Smart hosts awarding of ‘greenest’ schools

Forty-two schools are vying for the prestige of being proclaimed the "greenest" school during the culminating event of the National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools today at the SM City North Edsa.The top three winners proclaimed for each level (elementary, high school and college) will receive cash prizes of P50,000, P40,000 and P30,000 for first, second and third place respectively and plaques of recognition. Competing are 15 elementary schools, 15 high schools and 12 colleges that made it to the regional finals.

"We are happy to support this initiative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and education institutions which we hope will make environmental advocates of our youth," said Ramon R. Isberto, public affairs group head of Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).

Smart is hosting the awarding ceremonies of the nationwide search organized by the DENR– Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), DepEd, and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to recognize academic institutions with exemplary environmental programs. The event is timed with the celebration of National Environmental Awareness Month.

Environment Secretary Lito Atienza said that the nationwide competition not only recognizes, but motivates schools that practice eco-friendly programs and initiatives. "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," he said.

For the elementary level, those that made it to the regional finals 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. (malaya)

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