DENR National Capital Region officials led by Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan and OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr., visited San Carlos City in Negros Occidental to observe and study closely how the local government practice and implement environmentally sustainable projects. Director Caancan and her team were particularly interested in learning about the strategies of the city government on waste management and its "ridge-to-reef approach" in Coastal Resources Management (CRM). San Carlos City has won a number of awards, locally and internationally, in these areas. From 2015-2019, the city government was awarded the Seal of Local Good Governance by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). They also won the Galing Pook Award six times, in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2007, and 2008. Most recently, the city won first place in the Game Changer Communities Awards of the DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Internationally, the city was voted the 2nd Most Liveable City in the world under Category C (Population 75,001-150,000) in the 2011 LivCom Awards. In 2014, the city got the Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) Award and in 2018, was included in the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. In 2017 and 2019, the city bagged the ASEAN Clean Tourist City award.