The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)- Eastern Visayas spearheaded a Regional Wildlife Quiz Bee that was participated by ten (10) high schools across the region.
New Ormoc National High School (NHS), Dulag NHS, Palo NHS, Alang-Alang NHS, Juan Tismo NHS, Burauen Comprehensive NHS, Philippine Science HS, Burauen NHS, Patoc NHS, and Leyte NHS participated in the quiz bee.
In her message to the students representing their respective schools, DENR EV Regional Executive Director (RED) Lormelyn Claudio encouraged them to share their knowledge on wildlife to their families and friends in order to raise awareness on the global importance of wildlife and biodiversity. She also educated them on the divine mandate of being caretakers of the environment.
The quiz bee also aimed at strengthening DENR partnership with academic institutions and non-government organizations in instilling awareness on environmental education and protection.
Burauen Comprehensive National High School won 1st place with a cash prize of P7,500; New Ormoc NHS placed 2nd with a cash prize of 5,000.00 followed by the Philippine Science HS who got 3rd place with a cash prize of P3,500. These three schools will represent the region in the National Wildlife Quiz Bee to be held in Ormoc City this November in celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month.
The quiz was made up of three rounds-Easy, Average and Difficult with a combination of multiple-choice questions and identification. Two (2) students from each participating school competed in the quiz bee.
The event was graced by the Executive Director of Philippine Biodiversity Foundation, Ms. Lisa Paguntalan, Private Sector Representative - Disaster Resiliency Sector of the Regional Development Council VIII, Mr. Judah Aliposa, and Dr. Teofanes A. Patindol of the Visayas State University who served as judges during the quiz bee. They were joined by Ms. Marissa N. Solite, Chief of the Conservation and Development Division of DENR Regional Office 8.
The Regional Quiz Bee was conducted by DENR 8 in partnership with the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation, Philippine Native Tree Enthusiasts, and Robinsons North Tacloban. It was held on September 30, 2023 at Robinsons North, Tacloban City.