As part of the Environment Month Celebration – 2021, the City ENRO spearheaded the conduct of the 1st Eco-Wall Mural Painting contest on June 22 – 30, 2021, anchored on the theme, “Strengthening Local Action towards Ecosystem Services Enhancement”.

The activity is in partnership with the Malaybalay City Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MACEMPC) and the Local Youth Development Office (LYDO). The painting area was held at the concrete fence of the New City Hall along the access road going to the Casisang International Christian School.

The activity was formally opened on June 22, 2021 with 10 participating artists from Province of Bukidnon and ended with the awarding ceremony held on June 30, 2021. The awarding ceremony highlighted the culmination of the month-long celebration of the Environment Month.

During his message, City Vice Mayor Jay Warren R. Pabillaran, emphasized the importance of the involvement of the youth in environmental conservation and protection initiatives even starting from small things like that of addressing improper solid waste disposal and littering and in utilizing arts as a tool in education dissemination.

The awarding was also made special with the presence of City Councilor Louel M. Tortola (Committee Chair on Environment); Brian Nelson M. Flores (Executive Assistant IV), Engr. Naome H. Delos Reyes (MACEMPC BOD Chairman), Maria Anita L. Fernandez (City ENR Officer) and Dexter M. Gamo (LYD Officer III).

The board of judges declared the following as winners:

First Price: Mural Entry No. 3 by John Paul Canubas

Second Price: Mural Entry No. 1 by Jon A. Bolongaita

Third Price: Mural Entry No. 5 by May Karel R. Aupe

Mural Entry No. 10 by Alex D. Inojaldo

The four entries declared as the major awardees were given cash awards and certificates of recognition. All other non-winning entries also received cash incentives and certificates of participation.

City ENRO being the lead office in the City Government in advancing environmental management services of the City hopes that the activity will encourage other youth to become active partners in endeavors that aims to protect and conserve our environment for an ecological sustainable development.

Report By: City ENRO-NADA