SAN JUAN - San Juan City government led by Mayor Guia Gomez awarded environment champions during the flag-raising ceremony held recently, a report by Manila Standard said.
Grade 6 student Curby R. Francisco and teacher Rowena Sanchez, both from N. Ibuna Elementary School, bagged Best Enviro Kid award and Best Enviro Teacher Coordinator awards, respectively.
Graduating high school student Kathleen Mae Marcos, who received an EnviroKid award when she was still studying at Pinaglabanan Elementary School, won the Best EnviroTeen award.
Winners Marcos, Francisco, and Sanchez each received a P5,000 cash gift.
Ten EnviroTeen finalists each received a medal and P2,000 cash award from Gomez.
Former councilor and now City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Head Dante Santiago led the event.
Criteria for choosing this year's awards included unannounced home visitations, school activities, examination results and final interview.
These visitations revealed how the winners were actually applying the proper solid waste management techniques taught to them by CENRO personnel throughout the year.
Gomez launched Enviro-Kidz project in 2011 as an organization for selected public elementary school students to increase their awareness on environmental protection and preservation.
Timely issues such as waste segregation, conservation, recycling, and climate change are part of the group's program.
Photo from San Juan City Facebook page