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Firms teamup to sponsor environmental essay contest

Davao City (14 June) -- Clean energy producer Hedcor, Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement with 2GO, the Aboitiz Group Foundation, Inc. (AGFI), and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) to organize the 2007 World Environment Day Essay Writing Contest (WED EWC).

The MOA between the sponsors was signed on June 07 by Hedcor Vice President Miguel Romero-Salas, 2GO Retail Sales Manager Ria Calleja, AGFI Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio, and UNIC National Information Officer Agnes Aliman. The organizers will formally launch the contest on July. Now on its fifth year, the WED EWC has attracted more than 1,700 participants from over 300 secondary schools nationwide.

The competition is aimed to create among the youth a deeper awareness and greater appreciation of the benefits of clean and renewable energy. To join, high school students are required to compose an essay on the theme: "The Role of Renewable Energy in addressing Climate Change." All essays must be written in English with a length of 1,000 to 1,500 words, typed on short bond paper, using 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font. No names or identifying marks must be written on any of the essays and they must be submitted with a fully accomplished entry form which will be made available at the Hedcor, Inc. website,

Five (5) copies of the essay must be enclosed in a short brown envelope and submitted to 2GO outlets nationwide. All entries will undergo screening and preliminary judging to determine the top five finalists. They will be notified by phone and e-mail on or before November 15. Deadline for submission of entries is on October 15 and the finals will be an on-the-spot essay contest to be held at the Aboitiz Corporate Center in Makati on December 6.

The first prize is P15,000, a personal computer, a computer for the winner's school, and a United Nations certificate. The awarding date is on December 7, at a special reception to celebrate Philippine Energy Week.

Hedcor, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV), operates 16 hydropower facilities in Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and Davao with a total installed capacity of 109 megawatts.

2GO, a wholly owned subsidiary of the largest shipping company in the country, Aboitiz Transport System Corporation, is the official courier partner of 2007 WED EWC. 2GO is a leading courier and forwarding Service Company in the Philippines with 253 outlets nationwide.

AGFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Aboitiz Group of companies. The foundation's major areas of commitment are environmental protection, education, primary health and childcare and enterprise development.

UNIC Philippines is the field office in the country responsible for information dissemination of UN activities to generate public awareness of UN issues. The agency also promotes special UN events, themes, and conferences.

For more information about the contest, please contact Israel Buenaobra at (074) 444-7945 or email (PIA) [top]

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