By MST Business
Team Ecotastic4 of the Gubat National High School in Gubat, Sorsogon became the first ever winners of the RedBullution, a contest open to group of high school and intercollegiate students in the Philippines which aims to find alternative, innovative, student-designed conservation solutions to address the problem of solid waste management.
Four students from a coastal town in Sorsogon who designed a solution to address sewage waste from their public market to the shore were declared the winners of the recently-concluded RedBullution 2012, a national environmental competition sponsored by Red Bull Supreme Energy Drink and World Wildlife Fund. Shown are students Hernalyn Camania, Joanne Stephanie Joven, Kristine Mae Esparas and Kimberly Hermo along with Red Bull Supreme Energy Drink Business Unit head Adolf Alvarez (leftmost) and brand manager Vanessa Villariza.
The two-part competition was held from November 2012 to April 5, 2013. The last round saw finalists present their project proposals to a panel composed of Gaby dela Merced, RedBullution Ambassador and youth advocate; Romi Garduce, RedBullution ambassador and mountain climber; Joel Palma, WWF vice president for programs; and Paolo Pagaduan, WWF project manager for sustainable development.
Before this, RedBullution held roadshows in several universities and colleges with Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, Dela Merced and Garduce as speakers for the solid waste management advocacy.
The winning entry by Ecotastic4 proposed a sewage waste system to manage the waste coming from the public market and local eateries that drain straight to the shore. The students said their coastal town depends largely on fishing, and sewage waste can be a future source of serious concern for it can contribute to the spread of red tide or pose a problem for marine animals, which may result in the loss of livelihood.