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NegOr culminates Env’t Month celebration

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Over a hundred public school students from different parts of Negros Oriental convened at the Sidlakang Negros Village 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 & Natural Resources and three universities: Foundation University, St. Paul University-Dumaguete, and Silliman University.

Winners received trophies and cash prizes from Smart Communications, 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 – 1st place, Junarie Ramirez of Sibulan National High School – 2nd place, and Wilrose Reyes of Amlan National High School – 3rd place; (on-the-spot poster making contest) Orlando Algoso Jr. of Tayasan National High School – 1st place, Dafodel Calumpang of Amlan National High School – 2nd place, and Margie David of Negros Oriental High School – 3rd place. Besting in the elementary level competitions are: (on-the- spot essay writing contest) Samantha Alpeche of Bindoy Central School – 1st prize, Nikki Sylver Tubog of Dauin Central School – 2nd place, and Celina Nuay of Valencia Central School – 3rd place; (on-the-spot poster making contest) Dhaniel Christian Notarte of Bindoy Central School – 1st place, Rica Franchine Macias of Dauin Central School – 2nd place, and Josua Calumpang of Amlan Central School – 3rd 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 & Natural Resources Department headed by its chief Mercy Teves, and supported by then Gov. Jose Petit Baldado, Negros Oriental Tourism Council, Department of Education, FU, SPUD, SU. (Mark Raygan E. Garcia)

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