DAGUPAN CITY – The Malued Elementary School in Dagupan was declared as Ilocos champion in the regional stage of the 2017 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly School, elementary category. 

The school received the award from Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1 Director Maria Victoria V. Abrera during the regional awarding ceremony held at the Ariana Hotel in Bauang, La Union on Wednesday. 

The EMB, an agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, sponsored the search along with the Department of Education.

The school was evaluated based on its best eco-friendly works, such as the mini-mouse plastic containers in its garden made of recycled mineral water bottles, colorful plant pots made of worn-out tires, light made out of one-liter plastic bottles, and the community’s participation in making the school eco-friendly. 

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, who earlier this week received Dagupan’s Seal of Good Local Governance and the Plaque of Recognition as finalist in the 2016 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities, rushed to Bauang, La Union to be with the teaching force of Malued Elementary School in receiving the award. 

Speaking to newsmen on Thursday, Fernandez said the regional award for the elementary school is one “that will continue to inspire us”. 

The award makes Malued Elementary School one of the finalists in the national search for sustainable and eco-friendly schools. 

The school will serve as a model for all of schools in Dagupan and the entire region, the mayor said. 

As elementary champion in the regional search for sustainable and eco-friendly schools, Malued Elementary School will receive a cash prize of PHP35,000. (PNA)