Cavite public high school cited for using solar energy

Published December 11, 2020, 3:01 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) has commended a public school in Cavite for coming up with a project that would help sustain not just the education of learners but also of the environment as well.


Amid challenges that continue to confront the Philippine education system, DepEd Undersecretary for Curriculum and Instruction Diosdado San Antonio said that there are various efforts on the local level that should be recognized and can be replicated in other schools nationwide.

San Antonio commended the Imus National High School (INHS) in Imus City for switching to solar energy for education and environmental sustainability.

To introduce sustainable energy for the future of students, the INHS formally launched its solar panels through the Legacy Projects of the City Government of Imus and the Green School Program (GSP).

“I promised that when the results are in and if we discover and we have the evidence that when we create green schools, learners will learn better, we will use resources more efficiently there is no reason not to announce this to other agencies and other units of DepEd,” San Antonio said.

The project initiated by INHS, San Antonio said, should not just be recognized in Calabrzon alone. “This should be recognized nationwide and at the national level because the school can serve as a role to model to others,” he added.

DepEd said that the INHS and GSP had previous projects such as improvised water harvesters, greening, and recycling projects that led to the granting of solar panels under the leadership of the school principal Arturo Rosaroso Jr.

In order to cope with the new normal in education brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, people in the city of Imus have been using more electricity. In response to the harmful effects on the environment and the increasing expenses of the school, INHS decided to switch to environmental-friendly alternatives to sustain its increasing energy demand.

“The school program aims (to) create a healthy environment that is conducive to learning while saving energy, resources, and money,” Rosaroso said. “This is the process where (schools) pursue knowledge and practices with intentions of becoming more environmentally friendly and more economically responsible,” he added.

With the support of the City Government of Imus and Schools Division Office (SDO) of Imus City, DepEd, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Rosaroso hoped that the project will encourage the youth to contribute to creating more sustainable approaches in the environment.

“(I) want our learners to realize that despite the pandemic, schools (should) not stop pursuing education sustainability and that they should not stop learning,” Rosaroso said.

Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi commended the project. “It was just a dream at the beginning, a dream that we want to show, not only here in our school but also (in) our city that the incumbents and the entire people of Imuseño have true love, importance, and care for our environment,” he said.