Philippines National Competition Highlights

Philippines National Competition Highlights
August 22, 2013 National Competitions 0 comments

Twelve teams present community-changing projects at the 2013 Enactus Philippines National Competition

Quick Facts

  • National Champion:
    Mariano Marcos State University
  • 2nd Place:
    Sultan Kudarat State University –
    Isulan Campus
  • 3rd Place:
    Sultan Kudarat State University –
    Tacurong Campus
  • 4th Place:
    Divine Word College of Calapan
  • Competing Teams: 12
  • Total Attendees: 565
    Students: 323
    Faculty: 93
    Executives: 137

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Pasay City, Philippines – Mariano Marcos State University was named the 2013 Enactus Philippines National Champion at the two-day event held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. This will be the third time they will represent the Philippines at the Enactus World Cup.

Last year the 57-member team contributed nearly 400 volunteer hours to their community outreach projects, including a soap-making venture, teaching dragon fruit growers to make better use of their land and produce pricing for greater financial security, and helping housewives generate income selling homemade chips and candies.

This year’s competition was opened with a speech by Senator Benigno Bam Aquino who encouraged the Enactus members to work together and inspire each other. Nona Ricafort, commissioner for the Commission for Higher Education, awarded the plaques of participation to the competing schools and urged observer colleges and universities to become an active part of Enactus Philippines.

Judges were impressed with the diversity of team projects presented at this year’s event, which ranged from:

  • Developing artificial coral domes to help fish farmers who were struggling due to coral reef deterioration.
  • A campus store that also serves as a training ground for business students. (In one semester the store grossed Php 28,947 in sales.)
  • An organic bread and biscuit venture to benefit organic rice farmers.
  • Mangrove tree planting activities designed to help the environment in coastal areas while also beautifying community schools.

In addition to the competition, a Sponsors and Faculty Networking event was held that featured guest speaker Senator Lourdes Nancy Binay. Faculty and student leaders also met the diamond sponsors EEI Corporation and OceanaGold Philippines, the platinum sponsor Sagittarius Mines Inc., the gold sponsor Atlas Consolidated Mining & Development Corporation, and silver sponsors National Book Store and Alakor Securities Corporation.

At the closing ceremony Senator Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada awarded the top four winners of the competition. Enactus Philippines Chairman, Jose P. Leviste, Jr. wrapped up the event with comments regarding expanding the Enactus program all over the country in the coming year with the support of the Commission on Higher Education and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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