[Cebu City] March 23, 2022— Guba National High School (GNHS) in Negros Oriental won the silver award for its eco-friendly projects at the International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom Awards), a reputable awards program recognized by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).
The Philippine educational institution emerged as the country’s sole finalist and eventually won the Environmental Sustainability Project Awards category of the virtual finals.
The project includes improving landscapes and public spaces using a variety of environmentally friendly materials that can encourage more students and residents to recycle plastic waste and other disposable items.
GNHS won 160 entries submitted by other countries in the contest for their Eco-friendly School Project initiative.
The environmentally sustainable initiative of the public school and other practices was showcased in its official video entry in the “Walk of Hope” competition.
The video shows the struggle of a typical Filipino high school student who has to cross rivers as well as rocky hills every day just to get to school.
The school’s commitment to eco-friendly practices is demonstrated in the short film set against the backdrop of modular or distance learning adopted by students across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
GNHS Director Rolando Roa and teacher Annthoneth Jimenez explained that they are actively engaging with community members in setting up these initiatives and ensuring that students have adequate knowledge of the knowledge needed to live healthy.
“We have also proactively taught learners to become more aware, creative and innovative in the use of recyclable materials present in schools through Pangkalinisang, Adhikain, Ngayon ay Gawin, Ating Masining na Obra ay Tangkilikin (PANGAMOT)”, they added.