EMB-DENR bares “Most Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools” of 2017

As part of the celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month this November 2017 with the theme: “Kilos Para sa Klima: Building Climate-Resilient Philippines, the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (EMB-DENR), will recognize the national winners of the 2017 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools in awarding ceremonies set at the SM City North EDSA in Quezon City. The competition, which started in 2009 and currently in its fifth leg as an every two year activity is organized by the Environmental Management Bureau, together with the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and private sector partners.

EMB Director Engr. Metodio Turbella, described as overwhelming the call for entry for the fourth leg of the nationwide competition, which aims to recognize educational institutions with the best eco-friendly and sustainable programs and practices. “We were amazed by their creativity and their commitment in implementing eco-friendly practices,” Turbella said. He added, “We need to start teaching our kids as early as we can to take responsibility in safeguarding our environment. Schools are dynamic focal points of learning and powerful vehicles of change. Parents and teachers can work together to spread the wonders of living an environmentally-smart lifestyle.”

For the second time, Land Bank of the Philippines joins the activity for the Green Leadership Awards. Smart Communications joins the activity for the fifth consecutive year, as part of their Kabalikat program. Other partners include One Meralco Foundation Inc., and Nestle Philippines.

For the elementary school category, the national winners are: Payao Elementary School in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (first place), Bintawan South Elementary School in Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya (second place), and Katangawan Central Elementary School in General Santos City (third place).

For the high school category, the national winners are: Divisoria High School in Santiago City, Isabela (first place), Muntinlupa National High School in Muntinlupa City (second place), and Pinsao National High School in Baguio (third place).

For the college category, Don Mariano Marco Memorial State University-North La Union Campus in Bacnotan, La Union won first place, Western Philippines University in Aborlan, Palawan won second place, while the Naval State University in Biliran won third place.

First prize winners get P50,000.00 and will automatically receive P25,000.00 for the Landbank Green Leadership Award, P40,000.00 for second prize winners, and P30,000.00 for third prize winners.

The Nestlé Water Leadership Awards will also be given to schools for their water conservation initiatives. A P20,000.00 prize will be given to the national winners in the elementary, high school, and college levels, while P10,000.00 and a certificate of recognition to all regional winners.

The national winners for the Nestlé Water Leadership Awards are the following: Payao Elementary School in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (elementary category), Bayugan National Comprehensive High School in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur (high school category) and Urdaneta City University in Pangasinan (college category).

This year, the Meralco Energy Leadersship Awards of One Meralco Foundation will once again recognize schools that promote practices and initiatives in electrical safety, energy efficiency and conservation. P20,000 will be given to the national winners, while P10,000 will be given to the regional winners.

The national winners for this award are the following: Sta. Rosa Elementary School of Santiago City, Isabela (elementary category), Luzong National High School in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte (high school category) and Universidad de Zamboanga in Tetuan, Zamboanga (college category).

For the second time, Land Bank of the Philippines joins the activity for the Green Leadership Awards. Said award will recognize schools that promote overall environmental sustainability. A P50,000.00 prize will be given to the national winners in the elementary, high school, and college levels.

The national winners for the Land Bank Green Leadership are the following: Payao Elementary School in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (elementary category), Divisoria High School in Santiago City, Isabela (high school category) and Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-North La Union Campus in Bacnotan, La Union (college category).

The search is part of the Philippine initiative in support to the ASEAN 50th Year Celebration, with the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World”.

For details, please contact the National Program Secretariat at the Environmental Education and Information Division of the EMB-DENR at telefax number 928-4674, 376-5610, e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , website: http://www.sustaimableschools.ph, www.emb.gov.ph or at their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/EcoFriendlySchoolsPhilippines.###