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San Carlos City Awards Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools 

The city government of San Carlos thru its City Environment Management Office (CEMO) cited 29 local schools for its participation in the Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools 2016 yesterday, January 30, 2017 at the SP Session Hall.

Different prizes were displayed during the awarding at SP session hall last Jan. 30, 2017.

Pagbatangan Elem. Sch. (ES) was hailed champion and declared Hall of Famer for various schools category and received a certificate of recognition and one unit solar panel with inverter and accessories. It will also represent in the provincial school environmental search for platinum award.

The Florentina Ledesma ES also won the championship for central school category and received one (1) unit home theater as prize.

CEMO Supervising Environmental Specialist Engr. Loreto Sanchez said that the search aimed at promoting and institutionalizing environmental practice in school not only in solid waste management but also in the conservation of bio-diversity.

Various prizes were given to the 18 Outstanding schools including Guadalupe ES, Katiclan ES, Balabag ES, Codcod ES, Tandang Sora ES, Maglunod ES, and Igmamatay ES which received one computer printer each; Bedio ES, Lagha Ext. ES and Natuyay ES which got one digital camera each; Habuyo ES and Cabagtasan ES which were given one 21” LED TV each; Quezon ES and Iliranan ES received one unit home theater each; Tal-ot ES and Cabunao ES also received 3 units of plastic drums each; Pinamantawan ES got one wheelbarrow; and, Katingal-an ES, one grass cutter.

Said plastic drums given to the winning schools which may be used as rain harvester can store up to 220 liters of water and very useful particularly in remote schools where water line is not yet available.

Said search also named 9 Most Improved Schools including Lina Dela Viña Valmayor ES, Lagha ES, Pano-olan ES, Lamesa ES, Mag-amihan ES, Napudlan ES, Punod ES, Andres Bonifacio Central Sch., and Bagonbon Nat’l. High Sch. which received two plastic drums each as water harvesters for said schools.

Said prizes were identified by CEMO according to the needs of the schools.

Dr. Sophie T. Manuel, Regional Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Environmental Management Bureau of the Negros Island Region congratulated the city and CEMO for its vital undertaking on taking said program to the school since it is a powerful institution for change especially with environmental concerns.

She also acknowledged the big support given by the city government. She said sans its financial assistance, said program will not be possible.

San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr on the other hand said that the local gov’t. will continue to foster environmental advocacies as much as it calls everyone to take care of the environment and be vigilant and report illegal cutting of trees and other environmental violations for the welfare of the next generation.