Basud Elementary School, Nagotgot High School win in the EDC-organized video contest against climate change

Basud Elementary School and Nagotgot High School bagged first place in the video-making competition against climate change organized by First Gen-owned Energy Development Corporation’s (EDC) Palayan Binary Power Plant Project Team held on Wednesday, December 07, at Rizal Integrated National School, Sorsogon City.

Fourteen elementary and eight secondary schools from Manito, Albay and Sorsogon submitted their video entries for the company’s “Beat the Challenge of Climate Change”, the regenerative video contest. They are Inang Maharang, Nagotgot, Rizal Integrated, Bucalbucalan, Patricia Jesalva Delgado Memorial, Capuy Integrated, Ticol, Basud, Gajo, Tiris, Osiao Paglingap, Tublijon, Sto. Nino Integrated, and Gayong Elementary School. For the high school category, Cawayan High School, Nagotgot High School, Sto. Nino Integrated, Rizal Integrated, Osiao Paglingap, Manito, Milagrosa, and Capuy Integrated National School competed for the grand prize.

Nagotgot Elementary School bagged third place while Patricia Jesalva Delgado Memorial Elementary School was recognized as the second placer at the elementary level. For the high school segment, Sto. Nino Integrated National School got the third rank, and Osiao Paglingap National High School received the second-highest score among the eight participating secondary schools.

Initiated by the EDC’s Palayan Binary Power Plant (PBPP) Project Team in BacMan (Bacon-Manito), the competition aimed to raise the consciousness of the students and the teachers on the issue of our global climate crisis and their roles and contributions to help mitigate its effects. At the same time, it intends to provide additional learning equipment to schools.

PBPP Project Manager Anthony Witkowski emphasized in his message that beating climate change is a long journey and increasing awareness of the people is just the beginning. 

“You may think that school efforts are small, but these can create a big and significant impact on the community and the world when you continue doing it and influence more to implement programs and activities on a larger scale,” said Witkowski.

The grand winner at the elementary level received four units of brand-new Smart TV and external hard drives that can be useful to the teachers’ and students’ teaching and learning process. For the high school category, the first place got a complete set of audio-visual equipment, with a laptop, an amplifier, two wireless microphones, a projector, one projector screen, and two speaker units.

All participating schools are considered winners, with each of them receiving a 32-inch Smart TV and one 1-TB external hard drive for elementary  while consolation prizes in the high school category includes one projector and a projector screen. to also aid in their daily learning.

Regina Victoria J. Pascual, EDC Vice President and Head of Corporate Support Functions, closed the formal program by reminding the teachers to be more consistent with their regenerative efforts to have a more significant impact. “Let’s continue to involve our students in the discussions about what’s happening in our environment and allow them to be more conscious of their actions. We hope that the environmental protection and conservation programs and activities you have shown in your video entries will continue. Make your projects bigger, so you can influence more people – – more students, more teachers, more families, and more communities. At the end of the day, what we’re doing is also for us and for our future generations,” Pascual said.

Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is First Gen Corporation’s 100% RE subsidiary with over 1,480MW total installed capacity that accounts for 20% of the country’s total installed RE capacity. Its 1,188MW geothermal portfolio comprises 62% of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity and is responsible for putting the Philippines on the map as the 3rd largest geothermal producer in the world. 

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