Los Baños, Laguna – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-DENR awarded ENVIOCON winners last November 25, 2022 during the Closing Ceremony of the 18th National Biotechnology Week.
Allysa Marie Federio, ENVIOTECH Committee Chair, gave an overview of the ENVIOTECH celebration and the mechanics of ENVIOCON. She stressed the importance of including the youth in the conversations about biotechnology to increase public acceptance and understanding of the benefits of biotechnology in creating business opportunities and protecting the environment.
Aaron Abel Banayo, ENVIOTECH Committee Vice-Chair, introduced the panel of judges comprising of Dr. Rodney H. Perez, Senior Researcher at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Ms. Lynette Carpio-Serrano, Assistant Professor at the College of Development Communication at UPLB, and Mr. Roi Louis F. Mojado, University Research Associate at UPLB.
Since the contest winners were from Oriental Mindoro, Albay, and Davao – Ms. Jonah Garcia awarded the winners of their respective prizes. The People’s Choice Award winner is Princess Dianne M. Mañebo of Oriental Mindoro National High School. For the major prizes, the third prize went to Misaki J. Ota of Nieves Villarica National High School, Hannah Leianne C. Dasil of Oriental Mindoro National High School bagged the second place, and Angela B. Reolope of Legazpi City National High School claimed the first prize and won PhP 9,990.
All the winners gave a video recording message to thank their supporters, respective schools, and the organizers for the support they received throughout the contest. This year’s ENVIOCON is a mobile photo essay contest that aims to highlight the possible contributions of biotechnology in creating opportunities while addressing the country’s environmental concerns. Allysa Marie C. Federio, TTD