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Monday, 25 April 2011 15:58

The search for the most ecologically balanced community is now on.
Organized by the city government through the Housing and Land Management Division (HLMD), the search is open to the 40 participating urban poor and community associations in the city and serves as a community-based solid waste management competition intended to encourage environment friendly activities.

The search was officially launched April 14 at the Mampang Resettlement Project site with City was highlighted by a tree planting activity where more than a hundred fruit-bearing and forest trees were planted.

HLMD chief Rodrigo Pagotaisidro said the search is now on its third year but numerous innovations were presented to make it more meaningful and exciting this year.

In 2009 and 2010, the competition was dubbed “The Search for Model Urban Poor and Homeowners’ Association Community” with focus on waste segregation and management. This year the contest’s scope was extended with the additional criteria on tree planting and other activities that are ecologically advantageous.

The criteria of the search would include the presence of Environmental Organizations in the community, education or awareness among residents, establishment or existence of composting facilities, livelihood from the segregated waste materials and  beautification.

Last year, the Gawad Kalinga Tulungatung Resettlement Project bested the grand prize.
Prizes include P20,000 cash for the first place winner, P15,000 cash prize for the second place winner and P10,000 for the third placer. Two consolation prize winners will also take home P5,000 each.
The announcement of winners and awarding of prizes is scheduled on first week of December coinciding with the Urban Poor Solidarity Week celebration. — City Hall PIO