Olongapo City―Twenty teams participated in the 3rd ArtCycle, an environmental, educational, recycling art competition organized by Redondo Peninsula Energy Inc. at SM Olongapo Riverwalk on Friday.
The teams were composed of students with their respective advisers from the different elementary and high schools in Olongapo City, Castillejos, and Subic, Zambales.
This year’s winning team in high school division is Nagyantok High School with their Collage Portrait of Mother Earth made with different recyclable pieces. The entry of Sta. Rita Elementary School is Recyclable Can Stove with Blower and Paper Charcoal won first place in the grade school division.
“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,” 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,” said RP Energy VP for Construction Avin Maharaj.
The artworks were judged based on functionality, creative use of materials, replicability, and design.
Judges came from partner organizations that included Lando Garcia from Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CENRO Olongapo, SBMA Ecology Center Protected Area Division Chief Lilia Alcazar, Umicore EHS Coordinator Jofelson Ruiz, Subic Enerzone Reputation Enhancement Specialist Jeff Steve, and JCI Olongapo VP for Community Paulo Mayo.
The art pieces were also auctioned out to the public. Proceeds from these bids went to the school. One art piece got sold for P5,500.
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 2x300-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.