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Western Visayas eco-school vies for ASEAN tilt

ILOILO CITY, June 13 – National eco-friendly school winner Iliranan Elementary School (IES) of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental is set to showcase its environmental practices to the international community by representing the Philippines to the 2012 Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Eco-Schools Awards on July 17-18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) awarded the school last year during the National Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools for being an active implementer of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

IES conducted regular trainings to pupils, parents and the local community to practice the solid waste management 3Rs or reduce, reuse, recycle and proper waste segregation. The initiative was supported by the community.

Also, students and faculties sold their collected recyclable materials to junk shops in order to generate more income, while the biodegradable wastes are utilized as organic fertilizers to plants and vegetable gardens within their campus.

DENR VI Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador lauded the school for championing environmental protection practices in their campus.

“Teaching kids of eco-friendly activities like a simple tree planting or waste segregation is already a huge contribution in shaping the consciousness of pupils to be environmental stewards,” Amador said.

The 2012 ASEAN Eco-School Award aims to recognize learning institutions in 10 country members that demonstrate environmental sustainability practices, and implement eco-friendly school policies, programs and practices for the benefit of surrounding communities.

The criteria for the awards are divided into four categories namely School Policy and Administration, Teaching Modules and Learning Activities, Facilities and Environmental Practices and Partnership and Community Outreach.

The 2012 ASEAN Eco-Schools awards is organized by the Government of Malaysia in partnership with Hanns-Seidel Foundation, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Japan-ASEAN Integrated Fund (JAIF) and the ASEAN Secretariat.

The awarding ceremony will be held in line with the declaration of the 2012 ASEAN Year from the Environment, with the theme “Environmental Awareness through Eco-Schools”.

This program is in line with the 2012 environmental development goals of the Aquino administration in promoting practices that would help mitigate the adverse effects of climate change. (PNA)

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