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)


Go Organic Mindanao launches book critical of GMOs

August 29th, 2016 by

GO ORGANIC Mindanao, a movement of individuals, organizations, and institutions that promote, support and implement organic agriculture in Mindanao, has launched a book that exposes and mainstreams Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in formal education.

Written by Dr. Rex T. Linao, et.al and titled EXPOSED AND MAINSTREAMED: THE CASE OF GMOS IN FORMAL EDUCATION, part of the book features Learning Modules on GMOs developed by Ph.D. students of the Graduate School of the University of the Immaculate Conception where Dr. Linao currrently teaches.

“This book is an attempt at exposing and mainstreaming in formal education previously unheard of before and/or intentionally excluded topic because it does not fit with pre-conceived notion that all products of high technology are intrinsically good and have high contribution to the advance of humanity: GMOs.”, he writes in the book’s preface. Click to Read more >>

Group pushes for amendment of national water code

May 24th, 2016 by

DAVAO CITY – Environmental group, Interface Development Interventions, Inc., has called on the presumptive President, Rodrigo Duterte to amend the national water code and give more leeway to the local government units in assessing and monitoring their water resources.

IDIS also  called on Duterte “to devolve the enforcement provisions in the Philippine Water Code from the National Water Regulatory Board (NWRB) to local government units.”

IDIS Executive Director Ann Fuertes said local government units are more familiar with their local water resources and can immediately conduct inspections and assessments without waiting for the NWRB team from the central office.

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