The provincial government of Negros Occidental awarded offices in Capitol and provincial hospitals that are compliant with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.
The Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division was named the champion, while the Provincial Information Office (PIO) Division took first place, Valladolid District Hospital second place, and the Provincial Assessor’s Office third place. The champion received P50,000 in cash, while first, second, and third place received P30,000, P20,000, and P10,000, respectively.
Twelve other finalists also received consolation prizes of P5,000 each, including the Food Terminal Market of Negros Occidental, Ignacio L. Arroyo, Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Isabela, Mambukal Resort, Office of the Provincial Administrator, Office of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Provincial General Services Office, Provincial Human Resource Management Office, and Provincial Treasurer’s Office.
The awards were handed over by Gov. Eugenio Lacson.
The event was attended by Provincial Environment Management Officer Atty. Julie Ann Bedrio, Executive Assistant to the Governor and PIO Charina Magallanes-Tan, SWM Team Head Dr. Eriberto Madalag, PEMO Supervising EMS Jose Aldwin Legaspi, SWM Team Members Sheila Joan Bautista, Ria Dada, and Rodolfo Sapalo Jr., and all Kapitolyo Solid Waste Management Educators (KaSE).
Governor Lacson praised the PEMO’s solid waste management initiative program and emphasized that the best way to implement the Provincial Solid Waste Management Plan is to start in Capitol offices and hospitals. He encouraged the winners to continue their efforts beyond the contest season and make solid waste management a lifestyle not just in their offices but also in their homes.
The contest was evaluated by EMB-DENR Provincial Environment Management Unit Negros Occidental officers, including Josephine Maguad, Engr. Victor Thomas Ureta, and Vinci Raymundo, who were also present at the awarding ceremony.