The 2013 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools is now open to all elementary and high schools, as well as colleges and universities, whether public or private-run.
This was announced today by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), adding that interested schools may now start submitting the documentation of their eco-friendly programs and activities until March 15, 2013.
According to DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, the eco-friendly schools program, launched in 2009 and 2011, has generated positive responses from the schools which paved the way for the next wave of the competition in 2013.
“We intend to have the awarding of the search next year instead of this year to allow schools more time to prepare and to enhance their existing eco-friendly programs. We are hoping to encourage more schools to participate and take part in heightening environmental awareness among our youth,” Paje said.
The nationwide contest is being implemented in accordance with Republic Act No. 9512, also known as the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008. It is also the Philippine initiative in support to the ASEAN Environment Year 2012 with the theme “Environmental Awareness through Eco-Schools” and the eighth year of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).
Open to all public and private elementary, high school and tertiary school levels, the activity aims to encourage schools and academic institutions to become more actively involved in environmental issues at a practical and local level.
The national search is a joint activity of the DENR through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), the Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Smart Communications, Inc., Nestle Philippines, Inc., Unilever Philippines, Inc., One Meralco Foundation, Inc. and Petron Foundation, Inc.
Smart Communications joins the activity as part of its own environment advocacy for schools. “We are happy to partner again with the DENR and other agencies for this nationwide search. This activity will encourage schools to promote environmental consciousness among the youth,” said Ramon Isberto, Smart Public Affairs Head.
Participating schools must register on-line at www.sustainableschools.ph and submit their entry in three (3) hard copies to their respective DepEd Division Offices for elementary and high school categories, and to EMB Regional Offices for the higher education/college category. The minimum requirement for judging will be the hard copies.
Entries can likewise be submitted online in JPEG format with a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi), a minimum size of 1536 x 2048 pixels, and a maximum file size of 1MB. Entries may be emailed to
. The top entry per category for every region will be forwarded to the EMB Central Office for national judging.
School entries should revolve around the theme "Sustainable and Eco-friendly Initiatives.” Participating schools should include a brief description of the Project.
Entries will be rated according to the following criteria: Environment-related Aspects of the School’s Policy (20 pts); Environment-friendly School Operations and Presence of Environmental Programs (30 pts); Environment-related Features of the School Curriculum (30 pts); Presence of Vibrant Eco Organizations in Campus (10 pts); and Presence of Partners and Linkages in Environment Programs/Projects (10 pts). Only one entry per school will be accepted.
For the national level, comprising of college, high School and elementary categories: prizes include: PhP50,000 - 1st Prize; PhP40,000 - 2nd Prize and PhP30,000 - 3rd Prize as well as plaques of recognition. For the regional level, a certificate of recognition and a prize of in cheque of PhP15,000 will be given to regional winners for each category.
Prizes shall also be awarded for the special category entitled “Nestle Leadership for Water”. This award is aimed at recognizing and promoting water management solutions and practices of schools. A prize of PhP20,000 will be given to each of the winners at the national level for college, high school and elementary school categories. A prize of PhP10,000 and certificate of recognition will be awarded to each of the regional winners of all categories.
“Education is a powerful tool to inspire positive behavior and attitude towards the environment and water stewardship. When students learn about the environment and water stewardship – they will not only see this in their textbooks but feel it in their surrounding as well, thanks to the many school policies and initiatives in place. Nestle is very much looking forward to this multi-sectoral partnership which we believe will encourage the nation, through our schools, to take care of our precious natural resources.” said Edith de Leon, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs of Nestle Philippines.
For further details, please contact the National Program Secretariat at the Environmental Education and Information Division of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR. Telefax No.: (02) 9284674; E-mail:
. Website: http://www.emb.gov.ph and http://www.sustainableschools.ph