La Trinidad – La Trinidad National High School (LTNHS) concluded its first ever Search for Mr. and Ms. National Ecosavers Program (NEP) with a showdown of glamorous avant garde fashion and the donning of sash to all the candidates on March 28 at the school ground.
Said undertaking is a new major activity of the school during the school year 2018-19 to hearten the learners become ecosavers by observing waste segregation at home, at school and in their own barangays and the collection of recyclable materials instil in them the value of cleanliness, diligence and hard work.
Further, it is aligned to the objectives of the National Ecosavers Program cum the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 that requires the Department of Education to strengthen the integration of environmental concerns in the school curriculum, with a particular emphasis on the theory and practice of resource conservation, recovery, segregation at source and recycling of waste materials.
On the whole, 1,109 kilograms of recyclable materials which includes white papers, plastics and cans, and 1202 pieces of bottles were amassed. Jemar Kis-ewen and CJ Althea Alingcayon of grade 9-A were hailed Mr & Ms. NEP having generated the highest recyclable wastes and garnered the highest points during the pageant on avant garde attire. “We grabbed this esteemed title because of the laudable teamwork between and among us in our section”, said the reigning Ms. NEP.
Annalyn Dongla, adviser of the Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O) and Marvin Panaten, Supreme School Government (SSG) adviser joined hands in formulating and implementing the project with the full support of the class advisers, science teachers and the school principal, Flora Tubal.
“It was awe-inspiring, it did not only train the learners to become ecosavers, it also boosted the self-esteem of all the pageant participants. I was engulfed with joy unspeakable while witnessing two of my counselees, a child-at-risk and the other with psychological struggles, model on stage with confidence and dignity”, said the guidance counselor.
Enthused by the meritorious impact of the activity and favorable feedbacks, Dongla and Panaten hope to implement the same by school year 2019-2020 taking into account some aspects deemed to be improved.
By Ursula M. Dalay-on & Glyza Rose Agwilang