Negros Occidental – The provincial government through the Provincial Environment Management Office gave recognition to various organizations and local government units having excellent environmental practices and championing the cause of the environment. The awards ceremony was led by Governor Alfredo G. Marañon Jr.
La Consolacion College Bacolod stood out as the only higher education institution to have gained the Gold Seal for Good Environmental Governance, this year’s highest recognition given by the provincial government. LCC President Sr. Gavina F. Barrera, OSA and other school administrators received the award at SMX Convention Center on June 24, 2016.
LCCB has been consistently reaping recognitions for its environmental advocacy and sustainable practices. The past consecutive years saw continuing improvement in LCC’s environmental program. It bested the Bronze Seal in 2014 and the Silver Seal in 2015 — all are the highest categories of award at that time.
Last year, LCC Bacolod was honored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environment Management Bureau (EMB) as the Most Sustainable and Eco-friendly school in Western Visayas and was a finalist on the national level. The school also earned the Meralco Energy Leadership Award and the Nestle Water Leadership Award. In 2013, the school was the third regional winner in the same search and was also the Meralco Energy Leadership Award winner.
Joji Linaugo, coordinator of LCC’s Institutional Environmental Adcocacy Program (IEAP) thanked all the stakeholders of the institution for upholding the LCCian core value of “stewardship” through sound environmental practices in school, at home and in the wider community.
LCC Bacolod President Sr. Gavina F. Barrera, OSA holds the award together with (left to right): Dr. Nenette Padilla, Director for Student Affairs; Joji Linaugo Head for Research and Coordinator of the Institutional Environmental Advocacy Program; Renell Bruma, Coordinator for Student Formation; Alma Dales, Research Staff; and Mary Grace Porceso, Coordinator for Student Formation