Ateneo photography champ resizede Davao University High School Department is still the champion of the MakakaLIKHAsan Environmental Photography Contest sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI). The contest was conducted today, November 23, at DENR-XI Regional Office in Lanang, Davao City.

AdDU was last year's MakakaLIKHAsan winner on both the essay-writing and photography categories.

The winning entry of Julia Arlene Arreola depicts the importance of practicing proper waste disposal. As captioned on her photo, the “continuous reminder to our youth on proper waste disposal is a simple act but can create a huge impact. It becomes a habit; a habit becomes a character; a character becomes a way of life.”

The photo of 1st Runner-up Leo Adrian Licayan of Mati School of Arts shows the significance of planting mangroves that will “surely protect us from storms, sea level rises and tsunamis.” On the other hand, “the wisdom of the innocent” is what 2nd Runner-up Chadie Bareje of Lupon National Comprehensive High School represents in his photo wherein a 5-year old girl is shown practicing container gardening “which she learned from her kindergarten teacher.”

All three winners received a cash prize, a plaque and a medal.

The event was graced by DENR-XI Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan who urged all the students/contestants to continue to care for the environment and become role models in their respective schools. She also emphasized that schools should always practice waste segregation inside their campuses and impart to the students its significance to the environment.

“I am also urging all the students as well as the teachers to continue to support all the Programs and Projects of the DENR and help us in our efforts in mitigating the effects of climate change and in making our environment clean and healthy,” she said.

MakakaLIKHAsan Environmental Essay Writing and Photography Contest is a yearly event of DENR-XI participated in by high school students from both public and private schools within Region XI. It is already on its 5th year as the event was launched last 2013.

This aims to showcase the talents of the students in writing and in photography as well as heighten their level of awareness with regards to the many environmental issues the world is facing today. This event is being conducted by DENR-XI’s Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) in line with this year’s National Climate Change Consciousness Week which is being celebrated from November 19-24, 2017.

Judges for this year’s photography contest are RPAO’s Communication Development Officer I Ronald N. Amacio, Information Officer II Christine E. Isip and Designated Information Officer Rodney Paul Arbiol of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Panabo. #TayoAngKalikasan


SMARTSeas Partners’ Forum Held

10-9 smartseas phTo provide a venue to exchange experiences, innovative ideas and community-based initiatives to enhance effectiveness of the marine protected areas (MPAs), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines and Global Environment Facility (GEF) are currently conducting a three-day SMARTSeas PH Project Partner’s Forum at the Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Davao City.

SMARTSeas PH Project is a five-year project that aims to strengthen the conservation, protection and management of key marine biodiversity areas in the Philippines. It also includes the establishment of biodiversity-friendly enterprise as sustainable livelihood to coastal communities.

Anchored on the theme “People and the Sea”, the forum which will run from October 9-11, 2018, is participated in by the MPA managers and practitioners from SMARTSeas project sites, partners from the local and national government agencies, civil society organizations, academic, research institutions, and private sector working on the protection and conservation of the coastal and marine environment. Read more...

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