Muntinlupa National High School (MNHS) qualifies as finalist in the 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize (ZSP), one of the most prestigious international competitions that promote renewableenergy solutions.

The Revitalized Algae Micro-farming research proposal from MNHS stands as one of the fourfinalists in the Global High School category for East Asia & Pacific of the international prize.Other finalists in the East Asia & Pacific bracket include Fiordland College in New Zealand, Nabala Secondary School in Fiji, and Lowanna College in Australia.

MNHS proposes an efficient algae cultivation with photo-bioreactors for algae products thatprovide feedstock and are related to energy, water, food, and health.

The researchers also intends to construct a Community Hub that will serve as an off campusresearch and training facility. The community center aims to cater research and productdevelopment of the project. It also serves as a training hub for livelihood.

Winners of the international sustainability prize will be announced at the annual awardsceremony on January 14 during the opening of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The winnersin the Global High School category will receive a prize of $100,000 from the UAE government.

This is the second time of MNHS to enter as a finalist in the prize. Project proponents ofMNHS entry are research advisers Ma. Regaele Olarte and Jason Albaro, with its school principal Florante Marmento. Olarte has been named Metrobank Foundation’s Outstanding Teachers in 2016.

She says that the research team will be joined by Muntinlupa Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Mauro de Gulan and MNHS student Maria Eliza May Faldas in attending theawarding ceremony. “This year, we want to immerse one selected research student in this global platform to inspire the youth toexpand their horizons and go further in their academic endeavors,” Olarte adds.

Established in 2008, the Zayed Future Energy Prize honors the environmental legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. In April 2018, the Prize adapted itsfocus with a view to affecting greater impact across multiple sustainability sectors. In order toreflect this evolution, it was renamed the Zayed Sustainability Prize.

Going beyond just energy solutions, the Prize is now aligned more closely with the UNSustainable Development Goals and the UAE national development agenda.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi congratulates the research team from MNHS for their accomplishment.The local exec hopes that they will serve as an inspiration for local students to also exploreresearch work on renewable energy and sustainability.

Source: Public Information Office