CSC Cited Bicol's Eco-friendliest School - PIA

The Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) here notched the top place in this year's Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools in the Bicol region for carrying out various institutional initiatives on environmental protection and conservation.
In an effort to promote the crab industry in Panganiban, Payonhons staged the first crab festival last July 23, 2009, two days before the town's fiesta.

Engr. Gilbert Gonzales, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Bicol chief, announced that the regional screening committee has chosen thee CSC as the regional winner in the tertiary school category of the awards program.

Gonzales also informed Dr. Asuncion V. Asetre, CSC president, for this achievement, adding that the same state college will represent the Bicol region in the national finals in time for the National Environment Awareness Month on November, this year.

Annual Manok-manok festival in Bagamanoc now became a platform to promote eco-tourism attractions as well as to jumpstart native chicken production in their town.

He said CSC has been cited for programs promoting environment-friendly atmosphere in the campus, including recycling of scrap materials and converting them into source of revenues for the school, greening program, implementation of waste segregation and putting up of Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), off-season vegetable production, urban agriculture and bio-intensive gardening, among others.

DENR-EMB V has also commended CSC for its environment-related features in its curriculum as well as presence of vibrant eco organizations, linkages in environmental programs and projects with other agencies and organizations also bannered the school's winning in the said competition.

Over the years, the CSC has been an active front liner in various coastal clean-up drives, biodiversity and natural resources studies.

CSC is also one of the higher education institutions in the country that has tied up with Tanggol Kalikasan in establishing the Institute of Environmental Governance.

This has provided training programs, extension activities and consultancy services to local government units.

In June 2008, the CSC was also a recipient of the much coveted Saringgaya Award, a regional citation conferred by the DENR for its efforts and support for maintaining meritorious and outstanding initiatives in environment protection and conservation.

Sustainable eco-friendly schools are environment-friendly learning institutions that have initiated and integrated in their instruction, research, extension and administration programs which are environment-friendly.

Programs can be in the form of environmental policies, physical cleanliness, energy and water conservation, waste recycling and waste reduction, pollution control, reforestation and other greening projects.

Other initiatives that are considered in evaluating the school's pro-environment program are environmental audit of school's operations and facilities, integration of environmental themes into the school curriculum, including environment-centered curriculum and co-curricular activities, environment and natural resource-related research works, linkages with government and NGOs.

The CSC earned high points for its environment-related school policies such as its systems and procedures on waste management, energy conservation, and creation of waste management committees which were all covered under Office Circulars issued by the CSC Office of the President.

DENR-EMB V, in cooperation with Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART), under its Kabalikat sa Kalikasan, Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED), spearheaded the contest among elementary, secondary and tertiary public and private schools. (CSC/PIA)