After the successful implementation of Tree-Planting, Growing and Caring Program for the last three years, DepED-Masbate City once again conceived of another environmental program- the GREEN POWER MOVEMENT- in support to the National Greening Program of President Benigno S. Aquino III and Masbate 1. Verde, “Pag-urusad: The Road Map to Green Masbate” of the Province of Masbate and the environmental advocacy of the City Government of Masbate as expressed in its slogan the “Kabukidan, Kadagatan, Katawuhan…Protektaran”.
GREEN POWER MOVEMENT is the City DepED’s initiative to achieve the five major goals of NGP from SY 2011-2016. The sub-programs are as follows: 1. Tree-Planting, Growing & Caring Program; 2. Gulayan sa Paaralan Project 3. Waste Management; 4. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Its motto is “THINK GREEN, GO GREEN”. Its program objectives are the following: 1. Plant/Grow/Care Trees inside the school premises and the community or in areas identified by the Convergence Initiative; 2. Establish seeds/seedling propagation nurseries and vegetable garden to serve as food basket and ready source of vegetables; 3. Intensify awareness campaign on waste management/climate change mitigation and adaptation; 4. Establish linkages and partnership with stakeholders such as the PENRO, Local Government Units, Barangay Officials, Non-government and peoples’ organizations for advise, support, supply of seeds, seedlings and saplings and to further identify and intensify existing environmental programs. The program will be implemented in all schools in the City Division of Masbate.
Green Power Movement was launched on August 23, 2011 at the Division Office Conference Hall, Masbate City. It was participated in by the Division Office Personnel, Public Schools District Supervisors, School Heads, Barangay Chairmen, PTA Presidents and SSG/SPG Presidents from both public and private elementary and secondary schools in the City Division. It was started with a Eucharistic celebration and followed by the Motoracade around the City. Afterwhich, a ceremonial tree planting was held with the City Mayor represented by Mr. Isias T. Bigol,
PENRO Tito R. Migo, SDS Nene R. Merioles, Jollibee and the Store Manager, Mr. Glen L. Napili, Jr.. A video clip was shown to the participants on the accomplishments of the Tree-Planting, Growing and Caring Program for the last three years. An orientation on the program was given by Dr. Jemnah A. Macabe, EPS I-Science/NGP-GPM Coordinator. Expressions of support were extended by the program partners to sustain the program. The opening program was concluded with the Memorandum of Agreement Signing by the different program partners.
The afternoon’s activity was confined on the activities which feature the different sub-programs of the Green Power Movement. The events during the GPM Festival are the following: Fruits and Vegetables Arrangement, Best 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Showcase, Tribute to NGP(‘Mixed Nuts’ Presentations) and NGP Poster Making Contest. The activity was concluded by an awarding of certificate of recognition, cash prizes, gift certificates courtesy of YES-O and Jollibee. The two snacks and T-shirts of all participants were sponsored by the City Government of Masbate through the Hon. City Mayor Socrates M. Tuason.
The program partners and their commitments/pledge include: City Government of Masbate-Cash Prizes for the Division Best Program Implementers worth 18 Thousand for the NGP-Green Power Movement and the Gulayan sa Paaralan Project (Containerized and Plot); Financial Support in any Environmental Activity of the Division like the YES Camp, facilities like tables, chairs and tents and means of transportation (Jeepney and ‘Bantay-dagat’ boat) of the monitoring team; DENR/PENRO- Technical Assistance during trainings and monitoring and evaluation, seedlings to be planted, identification of planting sites; Department of Agriculture and Provincial Agriculture’s Office- Technical Assistance during trainings, seeds, seedlings; Jollibee-Masbate-Tarpaulin Streamers for all schools reflecting the program’s logo; Yumburger snacks of the Monitoring Team during the Monitoring and Evaluation and during Anniversary Celebrations, Appearance of Jollibee and Hetty during the Launching and YES Camps and Jollibee Gift Certificates; Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)- Seeds and Technical Assistance; City PNP- Security and Assistance in any environmental activity; Youth for Environment in Schools Organization (YES-O)- Compost Pit and Trash Cans in the Division Office, souvenir mugs of the program for the program partners, lead in the implementation of any environmental activity in the schools; TESDA- promote the 3Rs project of the NGP-GPM, technical assistance; DTI- provides support on waste management, technical assistance; Motortrade- supports during the advocacy campaign; Shell-Depot-financial assistance; SPG/SSG-supports various youth led programs in the school, implements environmental projects in the school; Sweet and Sassy – Financial Assistance; MCE- Financial Assistance; Sangguniang Kabataan- implements environmental projects in the community; Association of Barangay Captains- supports and implements the different sub-programs of the NGP-GPM in the barangays; Nhemz- Financial Assistance; Private Schools-implements environmental programs/projects in private schools ;PTA Federation-advocacy campaign.
Monitoring & Evaluation
To evaluate the progress of implementation of the program in all schools in the City Division; validate or check the reports submitted; and identify outstanding school implementers for SY 2011-2012, a monitoring and evaluation was conducted in November, 2011.
The schools are grouped into five (5) areas with assigned Monitoring Team from the Division Office, PENRO/CENRO and Department of Agriculture. The team has so far seen improvement in the schools and initial success in the implementation of the programs as shown by the number and the overall condition of the tree-seedlings planted and tree nurseries established, vegetable gardens and plant propagation in every school, visibility and correct use of trash cans in every school (waste management) – these are manifestations of schools and communities’ support and commitment to Education and its different thrust and programs.
Means of transportation of the Monitoring Team were provided by the City Government of Masbate and yum burgers by Jollibee-Masbate.
Recognition and Awarding Ceremony
As a form of incentive to the schools which have shown much effort and great improvement in their school and met the project success indicators, the City Division awarded plaque of recognition and cash prizes to the winners for this School Year 2011-2012 on December 20, 2011 at Magallanes Coliseum, Masbate City. Cash Prizes worth P18,000 were sponsored by the City Government of Masbate.
Division Best NGP-Green Power Movement Implementers: 1st- Nicolas Danao Elem. School; 2nd- Masbate National Comprehensive High School; 3rd –Cawayan Exterior Elem. School; 4th –A. Dela Rosa Elem. School; and 5th –Enrique Legaspi Sr. Elem. School.
Division Best in Gulayan sa Paaralan Project Implementers: Plot Garden-1st-Bayombon Elem. School; 2nd- Florentino C. Versoza Elem. School; and 3rd-Nicolas Danao Elem. School.
Division Best in Gulayan sa Paaralan Project Implementers: Containerized Garden- 1st-Kinamaligan Elem. School; 2nd-Amancio Aguilar Elementary School.