The efforts of EMB-NCR to implement RA 9512 is not without a yield as manifested during the Regional Awarding Ceremony of the 2017 Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly School held at Max’s Restaurant, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City on 28 November 2017.

Five Schools out of the 35 participating schools were recognized champions during the awarding ceremony. Below are the winners of the Search:

  1. Sustainable and Eco-friendly Schools:
  • College Category           – Enderun College
  • High School Category   – Muntinlupa National High School Main
  • Elementary Category      -F. Ma. Guerrero Elementary School
  1. Special Category:
  • Nestle Water Leadership Award
    • College – Enderun Colleges
    • High School  –  Muntinlupa National High School Main
    • Elementary    – F. Ma. Guerrero Elementary School
  • Meralco Energy Leadership Award
    • College          –  Enderun Colleges
    • High School   –  La Consolacion College-Deparo
    • Elementary     –  La Salle Green Hills

Nestle Philippines, One Meralco Foundation and SMART Philippines supported the program as part of their corporate social responsibility by providing cash prizes and trophies of the winners.

Cash prizes for regional level include: P15,000.00 for the over-all champions in elementary, high school and college; and P10,000.00 each for the Meralco Energy Leadership award and Nestle Water Leadership award.

Engr. Jean Borromeo, the Head Executive Assistant of Director Osorio gave the welcome remarks where she reiterated the objectives, the rationale, definition and brief history of the Search for Sustainable and Eco-friendly School. Engr. Borromeo cheerfully stated that education starts at home but environmental awareness and education starts in schools where students tell parents to segregate.

Director Osorio in her closing remarks challenged the schools to “rally for a bigger and better environment for NCR”. She reiterated that schools are the best training ground for sustainability and hopes that this is the start of a strengthened partnership as “Tayo ang Kalikasan” and we have to ensure a bigger & better environment for our next generation. She made a call to action when she mentioned, “Abante!” as we continue to maximize our very limited resources therefore, we cannot compromise further what is left of it. She engaged the audience to come up with innovative strategies to conserve and use the 6 Rs: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Regenerate, Re-process, and RESPECT. She gave the assurance that EMB-NCR is always ready to extend assistance to programs that aim to protect and conserve our land, air and water resources.

For this year a total of 75 schools from elementary – college signified their desire to join the search by sending their entry forms on-line, however only 35 schools submitted their documents for evaluation.