The Negros Occidental provincial government, through the Provincial Environment Management Office, has announced the start of the Search for Model Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council and Solid Waste Management Board, a PEMO press release said.
On its third year now, the contest is open to all cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental. It has four categories, including Model City FARMC, Model Municipal FARMC, Model City SWMB, and Model Municipal SWMB, the press release said.
The project hopes to promote institutionalization of multi-sectoral management councils and emphasize participatory environmental governance.
Leaders are also encouraged to prioritize solid waste management and coastal fishery management program.
Also, the project will assist deserving LGUs in their continued pursuit of their ESWM and CFRM program through the grant of awards, the press release said.
Each category will have three winners. Each local government unit may submit an entry for each applicable category.
The City or Municipal Mayor will nominate the official entry and endorse it to the screening and evaluation committee of the PEMO with a two-page documentation report of the policies, programs and activities of the FARMC/SWMB.
The Board of Judges will conduct an elimination evaluation of the submitted entries and choose the top five entries for each category for field validation/evaluation.
Site interview and field evaluation will them be done by the Board of Judges, the press release said.
Winners for each category will receive a plaque of recognition and P75,000 for the first prize, P50,000 for the second prize, and P25,000 third prize.
The prizes will be worth of projects relating to coastal resources management and solid waste management, the press release said.
LGUs may submit their entries and contest requirements to the PEMO at No. 49 North Capitol Road, Bacolod City from March 15 to April 30.
Awarding of winners will be on June 24, during the closing ceremonies of the 19th Provincial Environment Week celebration, the press release also said.
The PEMO may be reached through Tel. Nos. 435-7417 or 708-8125 and look for Olive Seruelo, it added.*