DENR’s drawing contest promotes environmental awareness among kids

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has an on-going drawing contest for 6-12 years old Filipino children nationwide, which is expected to help promote environmental awareness among them.

Entries to the contest consist of doodles reflecting the 2021 Earth Day theme “Restore our Earth.” The contest is interesting called “E-Doodle Mo, Kid.” It was launched by the DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

EMB information officer Hershey Palma said they want the children “involved in such environmental advocacy,” adding that even children from indigenous groups can join the contest as long as they are within the set age range.

Palma said contestants must use pen and pencils to doodle on paper and other materials, and all entries must be original and not yet submitted to other competitions, and must not be “obscene, vulgar, pornographic, racist, discriminatory, offending to religious faiths, and not gender-sensitive.”

Observed annually on April 22, Earth Day was started in 1970 as an activity people in the US staged to call for increased environmental protection. It eventually evolved into a global observance. This year it focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking which can help restore ecosystems worldwide.

Palma said children interested to join join E-Doodle Mo, Kid can send their entries to [email protected], not later than April 23, 2021.

The E-Doodle Mo, Kid contest has a junior category for six to nine-year-olds and a senior category for 10- to 12-year-olds. Three winners will be picked in each category.

Palma said “there’ll be no first, second, and third placers so prizes will be the same for the winners,” who will each receive P3,000 in cash, art supplies worth P3,000, a collapsible tumbler, bamboo notebook, eco-bag, reusable lunch box, and books.

The criteria in choosing the winners include creativity (40$), content/message (40%), and overall quality (20%).
Palma said EMB will post all entries on its Facebook page so people can view them and pick those they like most.

“In every category, the entry with the most likes and shares will win P2,000 as special prize,” she said, adding EMB will announce when people can go online to choose their favorite entries.

She said EMB plans to announce the winners this May; all entries will belong to the agency which will them in its environment conservation advocacy.