San Carlos City, Negros Occidental – Twenty-nine schools in the city were cited as Sustainable and Eco-Friendly schools for 2016.
Pagbatangan Elementary School was named champion and declared Hall of Famer in the various schools category, and received a certificate of recognition and one solar panel with inverter and accessories.
The school will represent the city in the provincial school environmental search.
The Florentina Ledesma Elementary School took the championship in the central school category and received one home theater set as a prize.
CEMO Supervising Environmental Specialist Engr. Loreto Sanchez said the search promotes and institutionalizes environmental practices in schools not only in solid waste management but also in the conservation of biodiversity.
Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr. said the city will continue to embrace environmental advocacies as he called on residents to report the illegal cutting of trees and other environmental violations.
Also cited were the elementary schools of Guadalupe, Katiclan, Balabag, Codcod, Tandang Sora, Maglunod, and Igmamatay, which each received one computer printer; Bedio, Lagha Ext. and Natuyay, which received one digital camera each; Habuyo and Cabagtasan, which were each given one 21” LED TV; Quezon and Iliranan, a home theater each; Tal-ot and Cabunao, three plastic drums each; Pinamantawan, one wheelbarrow, and Katingal-an, one grass cutter.
The plastic drums can be used to collect up to 220 liters of rainwater.
Named Most Improved Schools were Lina Dela Viña Valmayor Elementary School, Lagha Elementary School, Pano-olan Elementary School, Lamesa Elementary School, Mag-amihan Elementary School, Napudlan Elementary School, Punod Elmentary School, Andres Bonifacio Central School, and Bagonbon National High School.