By Leandria Pagunsan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA)— Energy Development Corporation (EDC) marked its first anniversary of “10Million in 10 years for a greener Negros” movement with a series of activities.
The activities include the planting of 100 premuim native trees in Foundation University’s (FU) 20-hectare arboretum in Barangay Azagra, Tanjay City and the planting of 50 premuim native trees in Saint Paul University Dumaguete’s (SPUD) Eco Park Sanctuary.
Since the launch of the project, EDC and 89 partner agencies have planted over 600,000 trees leading to the planting of the 1 millionth tree on December 1 as the highlight of the anniversary celebration.
The two tree planting activities were followed by the first Negros Island Region (NIR) Positive Energy Battle of the Brains semi-finals held in Fleur De Lis Auditorium in SPUD where eight schools vied for the chance of having the brightest and most environmentally conscious students.
The participating schools were Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), Foundation University (FU), St. Paul University Dumagauete (SPUD, STI Dumaguete, Silliman University (SU), Metro Dumaguete College (MDC), Asian College of Science and Technology (ACSAT) and Colegio de Santa Catalina de Alejandria (COSCA).
“Climate Action through Education” was the theme of the quiz bee focusing on topics related to climate change, renewable energy, environmental preservation, and sustainable development.
NORSU won first place with a total score of 56 followed by ACSAT with 55 and Foundation University hitting 3rd place with 54.
All three winners will advance to the finals and will face-off with finalists from schools in Negros Occidental during the Grand Finals set at Robinsons Place Dumaguete Event Center on November 25, 2016.
Judges during the contest are Jenny Tilos from the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Negros Oriental, Rodne Galicha of Climate Reality PH, and Rey Maleza of EDC. (lpp/PIA-7/Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA Website on Oct. 11, 2016)