Ateneo de Davao High School joins the roster of Eco-schools in the ASEAN region

Ateneo de Davao High School received the ASEAN Eco-schools Award in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last July 29, 2015.

The ASEAN Eco-schools award is given every three years to academic institutions that demonstrate values of environmental sustainability practices through policies, teaching programs and practices that benefit the school and its surrounding communities. It was first launched in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia under the auspices of the ASEAN Working Group for Environmental Education (AWGEE). 2015 is the second year of the Eco-schools Awards that coincides with the ASEAN Environment Year (AEY), a celebration held every three (3) years to showcase ASEAN’s achievements in the field of environmental protection and management.

High School Principal, Fr. Michael I.Pineda, SJ receives the award from Mr. Muhamad Farid Soufin, Head of the Environmental Agency, Indonesia.

The heads of delegation (seated) are joined by the heads of the ASEAN Eco-schools (standing).

For the Philippines, Ateneo de Davao was recognized as an Eco-school for the secondary school category and Dubinan Elementary School in Santiago, Isabela was recognized for the primary school. Both Dubinan and Ateneo were declared the 2013 Most Sustainable and Eco-friendly School of the Philippines by the Environment Management Bureau and the Department of Education.

University President Fr. Joel E. Tabora says: “We are overjoyed at the ASEAN recognition given to our High School for its Ecoteneo engagement in bringing about an eco-friendly and sustainable environment! Especially in the light of Pope Francis' recent encyclical, Laudato Si! On Care for our Common Home, may the ASEAN distinction inspire all to exert special more effort in caring for our shared environment and preservation God's creation as he intended - as a home for all.”

The University has ensured that facilities in the Matina campus are resource-conservation ready. The 120 kw solar panel that sits on top of the Martinez Sports Complex is expected to absorb one third of energy consumption of the Matina campus.

The rainwater collection (beside the Blue Knight statue) serves garden maintenance and is programmed for enhancement to serve the grounds maintenance needs of the high school campus.

In response to the University’s mission to engage in environmental protection, protection of biodiversity and promotion of renewable energy, the Ateneo de Davao High School runs a sustainable campus through its eco-waste management and resource conservation programs, forms its students in environmental education, Ignatian spirituality and leadership that is ecologically-responsive and engages in community outreach through adoption of riversides and mangroves.

“Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise,” the Ateneo de Davao High School resonates with this quote from Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si.", shares Fr. Michael I. Pineda,SJ, Principal of AdDU HS. “Four years ago our school envisioned a green and sustainable campus and Ecoteneans living a happy, healthy, and ecological lifestyle. We also wanted to share this environmental mission with others. It was our way of making a contribution to care for our common home so that future generations can fully benefit from it also. Now, we are deeply honored to be acknowledged by the ASEAN community and to represent our beloved and beautiful country the Philippines in the ASEAN Eco-Schools Award 2015 held at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. May the present and future generations continue to contemplate our world with gladness and praise!”

The Room of Requirement is a room of free/reusable school supplies located at the Student Activity Center that is made available to promote a culture of reuse among the community.

Visitors from Ateneo de Zamboanga enjoy the Ecoteneo corner in the library where resource materials on the environment can be found. A fountain and soft music “runs through” this corner.

“We are highly motivated to keep moving forward in growing an environment that is not just green, but where each of us is happy and healthy, says Jan Earl Ecabande, President of the ASEC (Ateneo Student Executive Council). “This award is not just recognition or a good name for our school, but a reminder to each and everyone of us that we are stewards of this Earth, our common home. Congratulations Ateneo de Davao High School!

Ten student bikers celebrated Laudato Si last July 24 through a Bisikleta Iglesia and were blessed by Bishop Remando at the San Pablo parish.

ASEC officers literally walk their talk as they join the street parade last June (Philippine Eagle Week:June 3-10) to promote biodiversity.

*The Ateneo de Davao High School would like to thank the following partners: City Environment Office (CENRO) esp. Engr. Madrazo and Engr.Orcullo, Municipality of Sto. Tomas esp. Engr. Charlemagne Fernandez, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB Region XI)/Ms. Soc Mallari, IDIS/Mary Anne and Save Davao Shrine Hills group, Barangay Council of Matina Pangi/Kapt. Carmelo Araña, Cycle for Life/Monica Ayala, the ADPTCI (Ateneo de Davao Parents-Teachers Community Inc.) and UCEAC (University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council) esp. Atty. Meong Cabarde and Dadong Gumatao.