Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS) will represent the Philippines in the 2012 Search for the ASEAN Eco –School Award at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Nely SB Abad, CSHNHS Principal said this is the result of their hard work and dedication empowering the students to become active caretakers of the environment through simple programs they have initiated inside the campus.
The team is off to Malaysia starting today, July 16 until the 19th to present a five-minute presentation of their programs before international jurors.
“We have initiated a lot of programs here in the school to raise awareness of the students and ensure that they know their responsibilities as guardians of their surroundings. We are happy that it is now bearing fruit and has given us this rare opportunity,” Abad said in an interview.
CSNHS is a two-time recipient of National Search for the Sustainable School and Eco-Friendly School awarded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB).
In 2009, they placed second in the said category. Last November 16, 2011, they bagged the prestigious title where they took home P5,000 as regional awardee and another P10,000 for the national awards.
“We used the cash prize to improve the existing programs of the school like tree planting. We also enhanced our trainings and workshops to equip our students with the current information affecting our environment. Our upcoming trip to Malaysia will be shouldered by Japan ASEAN International Fund,” Abad added.
CSNHS’ Youth-for-Environment-In-School Organization (YES-O) facilitates environmental projects inside the campus by mobilizing the students in joining environmental activities such as tree planting, street and coastal cleanup and participation in International Earth-Saving events like Green Wave and Earth Hour, among others.
YES-O is also active in parenting the CSNHS Forest Park Project, attending symposia on environment and health concerns, participation in environmental campaigns through signages and bulletin announcements.
The school also launched “Basura Ko, Dala Ko” and rewards system which dramatically minimized the presence of plastic and waste litters inside the campus.
To effect a greener environment, Abad also introduced the “School in a Garden” program where students maintains mini gardens, medicinal plots, urban vegetable garden, orchidarium, and a three-hectare area at the Mount Isarog Natural Park.
The school also manages an aquaculture project, livestock farming and Project rain gauge.
CSNHS also involves the parents and other stakeholders through various assemblies enjoining their participation which include Family Farming Curriculum, Engineering and Science Education Program and has initiated linkages with SM holdings, Department of Science and Technology, DENR, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, among others.