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Negros Oriental culminates environment month celebration

DUMAGUETE CITY, June 29 — Over a hundred public school students from different parts of Negros Oriental convened at the Sidlakang Negros Village Tuesday for the closing ceremonies of the province's Environment Month celebration.

The culmination activity was highlighted by the awarding of winners in the essay writing and poster making contests for both elementary and secondary schools. It also formally closed the three-day exhibits on environmental initiatives done by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and three universities: Foundation University (FU), Saint Paul University-Dumaguete (SPUD) and Silliman University (SU), according to SU spokesperson Mark Raygan Garcia.

Winners received trophies and cash prizes from Smart Communications, the major sponsor of the monthlong celebration, in the amounts of P2,000, P1,500 and P800 for the first, second and third placers, respectively.

Secondary level winners are: (on-the-spot essay writing contest) Eunice Templado of La Libertad Technical Vocational School – first place, Junarie Ramirez of Sibulan National High School – second place, and Wilrose Reyes of Amlan National High School – third place; (on-the-spot poster making contest) Orlando Algoso Jr. of Tayasan National High School – first place, Dafodel Calumpang of Amlan National High School – second place, and Margie David of Negros Oriental High School – third place.

Besting the other participants in the elementary level competitions are: (on-the-spot essay writing contest) Samantha Alpeche of Bindoy Central School – first prize, Nikki Sylver Tubog of Dauin Central School – second place, and Celina Nuay of Valencia Central School – third place; (on-the-spot poster making contest) Dhaniel Christian Notarte of Bindoy Central School – first place, Rica Franchine Macias of Dauin Central School – second place, and Josua Calumpang of Amlan Central School – third place.

Ongoing is the documentary and songwriting competition about the state of the environment in Negros Oriental. The competition is for college students in Dumaguete City, and is targeted to utilize social networking tools, such as YouTube, to achieve wider reach.

The celebration will also bleed into July with the eco-camp. Biking enthusiasts and runners in the province will convene in one area and head off the Lake Balinsasayao where a group of students will be hosted for an eco-camp. The eco-camp will feature discussions on various environmental topics.

This year's Environment Month Celebration is themed "Isang Mundo + Samut Saring Buhay : Isang Kinabukasan."

It was spearheaded by the Environment and Natural Resources Department headed by its chief Mrs. Mercy Teves and supported by Governor Jose Baldado, Negros Oriental Tourism Council, Department of Education, FU, SPUD, SU and the local tri-media. (PNA) LAP/jfp/PR

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