The Division of Bacoor captured the countrys first silver medal in this years International Sustainable World - Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project (ISWEEEP) Olympiad held in Houston, Texas, USA.
Mark Angelo S. del Rosario, a grade 10 student researcher, was hailed as a silver medalist amongst hundreds of young scientific minds across the globe.
The 16-year-old engineered and evaluated the performance of an orvicidal-larvicidal and ant trap system which harnessed the naturally occuring properties of sugarcane stalk and Hagonoy leaf extract in comparison with commercially available Ovi-Traps.
He pointed out that such research is potent to battle the alarming health threats which came along with rising mosquito population densities. Furthermore, he concluded that this can also serve as a potent alternative to environmentally harming insectides that also poses danger to ones health.
Aside from Bacoors silver medal, the Philippine team also nabbed an addition of 3 bronze medals and an honorable mention.
Supporting their efforts for a sustainable world, del Rosarios expenses, both for the research and trip, was generously provided for by Bacoors Local Government Unit (LGU) through the generosity of Hon. Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla.
The student researcher was coached by Ms. Josephine Jacob, under the supervision of the school principal, Mr. Avelino Legaspi, the EPS for science, Dr. Helen Gutierrez, and Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Ruth L. Fuentes.
ISWEEEP is an organization and STEM-oriented research competition which aims to collaborate with young scientific minds from approximately 60 countries. (Mark Angelo S. del Rosario)