NAVAL, Biliran, Dec. 7 (PIA) -- As part of the joint advocacy efforts of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) for energy efficiency and conservation through the E-Power Mo Campaign, PIA-Biliran is set to conduct a special event dubbed as "Recycled Energy Saving Device Contest" for secondary students on Dec. 10 at the Naval Gymnasium.
This event is aimed at harnessing the capabilities and ingenuity of students in the secondary schools of the province to innovate energy saving device utilizing available recycled materials.
The activity is also expected to raise the awareness level of the students on their social responsibility particularly on proper waste management and of putting into viable economic enterprise out of available waste materials.
The contest is open to Grades 7 to 10 students in the public and private secondary schools in Biliran province.
Each school can submit only one official entry as a team composed of three students to be selected from the said grade levels with a coach.
The entry shall be made solely of recyclable materials, those that can still be processed to make a new item or material for energy saving purposes.
The production of contest entry is not only limited with the use of recyclable materials for its functionality, but can also use other means such as electricity, battery, and other energy sources, to aid in the utilization of the device.
The first place winner will receive P5,000 cash prize, second place winner will receive P3,000 and the third place winner will receive P2,000. All the three winners will also receive plaque of recognition.
Aside from the major prizes, special awards will also be given including some tokens to the participants.
The top three winning recycled energy saving devices will be turned over to their respective schools, however, the said winning devices can be put on display or used during special events like science and technology fairs.
Judging shall be based on the following criteria: Creativity - 35%, Usefulness - 30%; Originality - 25%, and Demonstration skills - 10%.
The judges of the contest will be composed of Engr. Saul Gonzales, Director of the DOE Visayas Field Office; Milfrance Capulong, Corporate Communications Officer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)-Ormoc; Faustino V. Gayas, Jr., Director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) -Biliran; Romeo Dignos, Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Biliran; and Engr. Gerado Oledan, General Manager of the Biliran Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LDL/RSV/PIA8-Biliran)