5th Lunhaw Awards launches Green Champion Award

January 19th, 2017 by

DAVAO CITY – Lunhaw Awards organizers are adding new categories to its annual search for green initiatives citywide with the inclusion of the Green Champion and the Outstanding Barangay Green Initiative awards.

“The Green Champion Award takes its cue from the achievements of the late Councilor Leo Avila who was a proponent of several landmark environmental ordinances in the city. This category will be open to outstanding advocates in the area of environmental policy, legislation and environmental management.”, said Lunhaw Awards co-organizer, Mary Ann Fuertes.

For environment advocates to be considered for a Lunhaw Award, the nominee must have a track record for at least 3 years in leadership, vision and action for the protection of the environment. The nominee will also be vetted by award organizers to ensure that s/he is not engaged in activities like mining, quarrying, logging and other unsustainable practices.

The Outstanding Barangay LGU Green Initiative Award, meanwhile, is in support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

“This new award is a nod to the UN  SDG Goal 11 which calls for more  sustainable cities and communities by 2030.  By highlighting outstanding initiatives of  barangay LGUs  in creating green public spaces, and improving community  planning through participatory and inclusive methods, we hope to fast track our vision of a greener and sustainable Davao City.”, Fuertes said.

Entries will be judged according to its sustainability, innovation and replicability.

This year’s search is co-organized by the City Agriculturist’s Office (CAO), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), Davao Association of  Colleges and Schools (DACS), Davao City Water District (DCWD), and the Interface Development Interventions (IDIS).

Given annually during the weeklong celebration of the city’s charterhood in March, the Lunhaw Awards is given to Davao’s outstanding environmental initiatives in the areas of Organic Agriculture,  Green Building, Forest-based Initiatives, Marine Resource Management, Education and Advocacy, Pollution Control, and Energy or Water Conservation.

Last year,  five outstanding green initiatives wer recognized from a shortlist of 21 entries. Among these were Radyo Tacunan’s community on-air organic farming school, MyHotel’s underground rainwater catchment system and Abreeza Mall’s environmental building design.

Application forms can be downloaded online at http://idisphil.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/5th-Lunhaw-Awards-App-Form.pdf  (Mindanao Times)


2 new categories open for 2017 Lunhaw Awards

June 6th, 2016 by

DAVAO CITY— The annual Lunhaw Awards are now open for applicants who advocate eco-friendly activities in the city.

The 2017 Lunhaw Awards will have two new categories: outstanding environmental advocates and the barangay or local government environment initiatives.

Ann Fuertes, Lunhaw co-organizer and also Interface Development Interventions, Inc. (IDIS) executive director said the new categories seek to recognize environmental sustainability practices, with the aim of sharing the most creative initiatives to inspire change.

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4th Lunhaw Awards announces winners

March 19th, 2016 by

DAVAO CITY – A community-based radio station broadcasting an on-air organic farming school, an underground rainwater catchment system and the green building of a commercial mall are some of the winners of the 2016 Lunhaw Awards.

Award organizers recognized five outstanding green initiatives from a shortlist of 21 entries last night in a ceremony attended by Datu Bago Awardee Joey Ayala at the Taboan in Matina Town Square.

“We are very glad and honored to announce these year’s winners for the innovative and important green initiatives they have done, and the example they set for all of us Dabawenyos to follow.”, said Lunhaw Awards co-organizer and IDIS executive director Ann Fuertes. “These year’s winners and nominees have made laudable efforts to protect and preserve our air, water and land and by showing that being environment-friendly makes good business sense.”

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