CFA’s Kalma Klima Environmental Project Contest came to a close on June 29, 2013. Among the entries submitted by several Metro Manila schools, the judges chose ten finalists, three of which eventually won top prizes. The contest was undertaken by the Communication Foundation for Asia with the support of the Foundation for the Philippine Environment (FPE).
Third prize went to Manggahan High School’s Basura mo, Palitan ko. Their project to turn garbage into an entrepreneurial venture involving the whole school allowed them to gain a substantial profit from otherwise disposable garbage.
Coming in at second place was Tabing Ilog Vertical Garden Making from the fourth year students of Dr. Juan Nolasco High School. The ambitious project, which gained community support from a barangay in Tondo, Manila, enabled them to use the vertical gardens for vegetable planting and encouraged the neighborhood to stop using the river for their waste disposal.
The judges awarded first prize to the students of Manresa High School with their Kalma Klima Project. Their project came about after attending CFA’s Kalma Klima Forum last November 16, 2012, where this student project contest was launched. The group came up with a holistic project using the acronym KLIMA: Kamalayan, Lahok, Impok, Magtanim and Alterasyon which gained the support of the whole school and the community. As one of the participating students, Tristan Gabriel D. Felipe, observed: “Nakakatuwa nga po kasi nang ginagawa naming yung project, naging school wide na po siya.”
Among the guests at the awarding ceremony were NCR Regional Director Engr. Vizminda Osorio of the Environmental Management Bureau-DENR, and three members of the contest panel of judges: Mr. Albert Magalang, Head of Climate Change Office, EMB; Dr. Carmel A. Gacho, Supervising Science Research Specialist, Environment and Biotech Division, ITDI-DOST and Mr. Godofredo Villapando, the Executive Director of FPE. In their remarks, Mr Villapando expressed his satisfaction with the project, which has obtained wide support from the participating schools and communities while CFA’s Executive Director Terry Hermano commended the determination of the contest participants to pass on the projects to the next batch of students so that these can be sustained.
The top three winners won cash prizes and trophies which were part of the CFA-FPE project. There were also certificates for each of the students and schools that participated in the top ten projects.
Other sponsors during the event were ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan and Philippine Science Centrum. They provided free tickets to La Mesa Eco Park and Philippine Science Centrum museum which were awarded to the finalists.
All finalists and the winners will be presented in a ‘best practices’ video being produced by CFA, which will be available soon. The video will emphasize simple and practical ways by which ordinary people can help counter climate change.