The Quezon City government is bringing to the city’s public schools the intensified information campaign to lessen the effects of climate change and global warming.

This year, the QC Environment Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) headed by Frederika Rentoy will be disseminating information in public schools to raise awareness of students on environmental protection issues and concerns and the effects of climate change.

As part of this effort, an awarding ceremonies led by Mayor Herbert Bautista was held last April 18 at the QC Hall for the top participating schools under the Hakot Bulasi sa Eskwela Project.

Three schools at the elementary and high school levels that had generated the most number of recyclables for school year 2010-2011 were given awards, including their principals who will be given certificates of recognition.

Topnotchers at the elementary level are Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School with 2,049.88 volume of recyclables redeemed worth P13,305.27; P. Bernardo Elementary School with 1,980.58 recyclables worth P13,963.91; and Payatas A Elementary School with 1,559.40 recyclables worth P11,202.80.

High school level awardees are Lagro High School with 6,174.26 recyclables worth P32,825.07; North Fairview High School with 2,188.70 recyclables worth P14,671.63; and Commonwealth High School with 1,471.85 recyclables worth P12,772.80.

The QC government also gave certificates of appreciation to IPM-ESI, Green Light Environmental Services, QC Environment Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Linis Ganda), Rotary Club of Quezon City, and partner junkshops of the winning schools for their unwavering support in the implementation of the project.

The Hakot Bulasi sa Eskwela Project was first implemented in 2008 with the goal of raising the environmental awareness of students and encouraging school-based practice of waste segregation and recycling, which effective in protecting the environment.

Under the project, whose objective was to teach the students that waste is a valuable resource that should be recovered, groceries and school supplies were given to students in exchange for recyclable waste.

Rentoy noted that during the first phase of the project, an average of more than one metric ton of recyclable waste was collected from each of the six pilot schools, then up to 113 metric tons the following years.
To date, around 21 percent of all public elementary and high schools in the city are already included in the project.

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