3 WV schools vie for country’s most sustainable and eco-friendly schools

Three provincial schools from Western Visayas qualify for the 2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools in the country.

Ara-al Elementary School of La Carlota City, Negros Occidental, Tubungan National High School of Tubungan, Iloilo, and Aklan State University of Banga, Aklan made it as among the country’s most sustainable and eco-friendly schools.

In line with the Republic Act No. 9512 or also known as the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008, the search was conducted to recognized institutions with utmost commitment in implementing various environmental campaigns and programs, in

Furhermore, it encourages other schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues by raising students’ awareness about what is happening in their community.

A facebook application was launched to help vote these schools and which will later generate a badge once the vote is casted.

The sustainable and eco-friendly schools program that was launched in 2009 and 2011 generated positive responses from the schools paving the way for a bigger competition this 2013.

Winners of the nationwide search will have a chance to be included in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the ASEAN Eco-Schools Program that aims to create a school culture geared toward environmental protection and preservation.

The nationwide search is a joint activity of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with the support of the corporate sector, including wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), One Meralco, Nestle Philippines, Petron Corp. and Unilever Philippines.

To know more about this nationwide search, visit www.sustainableschools.ph  (JCM/LT/PIA-Iloilo/IMT