Subic students learn to ‘artcycle’

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By: Butch Gunio

SUBIC, Zambales―A total of 16 teams participated in the 2nd ArtCycle, an environmental, educational, recycling art competition organized by Redondo Peninsula Energy at Subic Central School.

The teams were composed of students and teachers from the different elementary and high schools here.

This year’s winning team is Batiawan High School with their recycled gutters turned basketball- recycling facility. Butch Gunio

“Besides teaching them how to upcycle, we are teaching kids how to be problem solvers. With the right amount of support, and a healthy dose of competition, they can make a difference in their schools,” said Jason Gavina, Corporate Social Responsibility Head of RP Energy.

“I am inspired by the creativity of these young people. We hope that they take this beyond the competition and sustain their projects to help the environment. Many of the projects can even be transformed into a community enterprise,” added Litz Santana, VP and Head of External Affairs of Meralco PowerGen, the mother company of RP Energy.

The ArtCycle event also included an informative talk on proper solid waste management from Roselle Abuyo of SBMA Ecology Center, and an inspirational talk on turning trash to cash from Jake and Kim Mactal, who are local entrepreneurs from Zambales.

Judges came from partner organizations including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CENRO Olongapo, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Umicore, Subic Enerzone, Subic Municipal LGU, Cerana Farms, and the DepED Subic Office.

Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. is a consortium composed of MERALCO PowerGen Corporation, Aboitiz Power Corporation, and Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation.

It is the developer of an environment-friendly and state-of-the-art 2×300-megawatt coal-fired power plant at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. The plant is expected boost the power supply in the Luzon grid when it starts commercial operations.


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