Cagayan de Oro City – Anchored on the theme “Battle for litter-free Kagay-an Seas”, coastal barangays and organizations were recognized during the culmination program of the Challenge for Change Program (CCP): CDO Limpyo Dagat Contest on September 30.

Barangay Gusa and its CCP Cooperator or partner organization, EnviRiffle were awarded first place in Category A. The second place was awarded to Barangay Bayabas with its cooperator, Bayabas Green Group and third place was awarded to Barangay Bulua with its cooperator, Lateo under Category A.

The winners under Category A received the following prizes: 1st place – P50,000 cash prize and plaque for its cooperator and P50,000 Coastal Resource Management (CRM) Project fund from BFAR and a plaque of recognition for the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU); 2nd place – P30,000 cash prize from the Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10 and plaque of recognition for its cooperator and P30,000 CRM Project fund and plaque of recognition for BLGU; 3rd place – P20,000 cash prize and plaque of recognition for cooperator and P20,000 CRM Project fund and plaque of recognition for BLGU. All CRM Project fund prizes with a total of P150,000 are from BFAR.

Barangay Bugo was adjudged as the lone winner of Category B (with no CCP Cooperator) and received P50,000 CRM Project fund and a plaque of recognition.

The contest is spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) with the local government of Cagayan de Oro, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and other partner agencies to encourage participation in the environmental protection efforts of the government.

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno said the contest is a very timely and the cleanup need to be sustained and be undertaken yearly. He further requested the City Local Environment and Natural Resources (CLENRO) to undertake a similar contest for the cleanup of esteros. “Let us sustain the momentum that this campaign has gathered by undertaking a contest for the cleanup of creeks”, Mayor Moreno added.

For his part, DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable thanked the local government units of coastal barangays for joining the contest. He is grateful for the support of the local government of Cagayan de Oro, national government agencies and partner cooperators.

Adorable with DENR 10 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Aldrich S. Resma and City Local Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Engr. Armen A. Cuenca awarded the prizes to the winners. Other officials who presented the awards were DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer for Misamis Oriental Ferdinand Dagulo, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Myrna Neri of CENRO-Initao, Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10 Regional Director Reynaldo Digamo represented by Administrative and Finance Division Chief Guillermo Hormillada, Jr. and representing MGen Franco Nemecio Gacal of the 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army was Lt. Col Noli Kanashiro.

The contest was also supported by Department of Tourism, Department of Interior and Local Government, 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Social Welfare and Development.

It can be recalled that the contest was launched on June 30, 2019 as a continuing campaign to mobilize the citizenry to conduct regular clean-up activities in their barangays.

Consolation prizes of P5,000 cash and certificates of participation were awarded to four non-winning cooperators namely: Kuhols, Philippine Island Kids International Foundation, Inc., Bayvengers and Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc. Certificates of Participation were awarded to Barangays Bonbon, Puntod, Lapasan, Agusan and Macabalan for joining the contest.

The organizers presented Special Awards to EnviRiffle for Best Photo Exhibit and Barangay Cugman for Best Innovative Practice. The Best Advocacy Program was awarded to EnviRiffle. Barangay Cugman received the award for the Best Creative and Eco-Friendly Outfit (male and female). The City Government of Cagayan de Oro awarded cash prizes to the winners, P10,000 for Best Photo, Best Innovation – P15,000 and Best Advocacy Program - P10,000. The Department of Tourism, Region 10 awarded the winner of the Best Creative and Eco-Friendly Outfit (male and female) – P2,500 each. #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIS MR No. 10-294-2019)