DAGUPAN CITY – Malued Elementary School (MES) was declared the grand slam winner in the elementary school category as it clinched three major awards in the 2017 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly School in the region.

Aside from being the region’s champion, MES also won two special categories – the Nestle Water Leadership Award and the Meralco Energy Leadership Award.

The Nestle Water Leadership Award recognizes and promotes solutions, practices and initiatives of schools on water while the Meralco Energy Leadership Award recognizes schools that promote practices and initiatives in electrical safety, energy efficiency and conservation.

The award was conferred to the school by the Environmental Management Bureau – Region 1 Regional Director Maria Victoria V. Abrera during the regional awarding ceremony at Ariana Hotel, Bauang, La Union on December 13.

Malued Elementary School, being the champ, represented the region in the national finals at SM North EDSA last November 21.

The school was evaluated on their best eco-friendly works at school like their mini-mouse plastic containers in their garden made of recycled mineral water bottles, a colorful plant pots made of worn-out tires, a one litter light and the community’s participation in making the school an eco-friendly.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, who recently received the Seal of Good Local Governance and the Plaque of Appreciation as finalist in the 2016 Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities for the city, rushed from Dagupan City to Bauang, La Union just to be with the teaching force of Malued Elementary School during the conferment ceremony.

“This is another award that will continue to inspire us. We just came from the awarding for the child-friendly municipalities and cities and now being a finalist in the national search for sustainable and eco-friendly school. This only shows the important role that the children play as part of the community. Malued Elementary School will serve as a model for all of the schools in our city,” said Fernandez.

 The school is set to receive a cash prize of P35,000 for being the best in the region in the elementary school category. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 13, 2017)