Troy Ivan O. Dumapias, Grade 10 student from the UIC Basic Education Department, was awarded second runner-up during the ASEAN Energy Awards in the Renewable Energy high school category. The search was a partnership of the ASEAN Center for Energy, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization, Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and Korean Energy Agency.
Through video conferencing, on 21 September 2021, awarding of winners was presented by the Korea Energy Agency director, Jung Sung Moon. The theme was “Innovation and creativity towards the sustainable and resilient energy system in ASEAN”. According to the organizers, the award was to recognize students’ valuable contributions to nation-building, sustainable development, and energy transition in the ASEAN region.
It is Southeast Asia’s highest reward to encourage and bring about recognition of greater private sector participation and interest in energy development of the ASEAN region in partnership with the public sector,” said the organizers. The award consists of four categories: ASEAN Coal Awards, ASEAN Energy Efficiency and Conservation Best Practices Awards, ASEAN Renewable Energy Project Awards, and the ASEAN Excellence in Energy Management by Individual 2021.
When asked about the award, Dumapia’s coach, Ms. Gladys Lumantas said that it was an unexpected win due to some technicalities. She believed, however, that the participants created excellent outputs in the video-making category. They thought that they did not meet the deadline and they weren’t sure if they complied with the registration process. Fortunately, their output was accepted.
“This award brings pride and honor to the University. It brought inspiration to achieve the University’s mission, which is to produce globally competitive Ignacian Marian learners. This award motivated Troy and other students to manifest diligence, patience, creativity, and competence in everything they do that can challenge them to be better individuals”, she added.
In a statement given by Troy Ivan Dumapias, he said “I feel privileged to be the representative of the school and I feel honored to represent UIC and receive an award. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this competition and for the opportunity to enhance my skills and to be able to show what our school is capable of to the world.”