LAOAG CITY, Jan. 10 (PIA) – The Ilocos Norte National High School bagged the second runner-up trophy in the “Best School Forest Park” national competition during the awarding ceremonies at the Department of Education Complex today.
The school was among the five national finalists in the school park competition that included Cauayan National High School of Region II (grand winner), Tubungan National High School of Region VI (first runner-up), Barobo National School of the CARAGA Region (third runner-up) and Dacudao National High School of Region XI (fourth runner-up.)
The other regional winners were:
- Maria Aurora National High School (Region III)
- Alabat National High School (CALABARZON)
- Princess Urduja National High School (MIMAROPA)
- Don Servillano Platon Memorial High School (Region V)
- Sierra Bullones Technical Vocational High School (Region VII)
- Tacloban National Agricultural High School (Region VIII)
- Siayan National High School (Region IX)
- Placida Mequiabas National High School (Region X)
- Tulunan National High School (Region XII)
- Commonwealth High School (NCR)
- Pilar Rural High School (CAR)
All 16 regional winners will be awarded 20 computer units to create a computer laboratory in their respective schools.
The five national finalists will be given trophies while the national winner will receive a plaque and P1.2 million for a new school building.
Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Climate Change and founder of Luntiang Pilipinas which is behind the school forest program, said the schools’ involvement in the project is a significant step towards environmental protection.
“I thank every school that joined this program, and every student who participated in making our schools greener and healthier. While we will award those that have been judged as the best, keep in mind that every school is already a winner because every school has contributed to our fight for a better Philippines,” said Legarda.
The Senator also thanked the Department of Education, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture along with the Bureau of Plant Industry, the partner agencies of Luntiang Pilipinas for the Best Forest School Park program, for their efforts in creating awareness among youth the value of tree-growing.
“It is an imperative for us to do everything in our power to protect the forests left for our children and for humanity. It is an uphill climb but we must gather courage.
We must pool in our knowledge, our skills, our commitment, and our passion,” she stressed. (PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)