Manila Water Foundation and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) are now accepting nominations for the premier run of the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence.
Said prize, which is part of the Manila Water Foundation’s 10th anniversary this year, is a nationwide search for five exemplary engineers who have developed and implemented projects that champion water, sanitation, environment and sustainability for marginalized communities. To inspire and empower all Filipino engineers to serve the country better through engineering solutions resulting in positive social impacts, each prize recipient will receive Php500,000.
The partnership between the Foundation and the DOST was formalized during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement held on April 21 at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel.
“There are a lot of great engineers with a lot of ingenious engineering solutions, but there's not enough engineering excellence recognition in the country. We're very excited to partner with DOST, who is a practitioner of truly ingenious solutions that work in the Philippines,” said Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand M. dela Cruz.
DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo shared dela Cruz’s enthusiasm on this project as he pointed out how Manila Water Foundation’s vision and programs are strategically aligned with those of DOST. While the Manila Water Foundation is committed to becoming an enabler of change for Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities through access to sustainable water and used water services, the DOST is steadfast in finding viable and innovative solutions for proper water usage, particularly in low-income communities.
“There are so many areas where innovative solutions can be developed for viable options. This is where science, technology and innovation can come in. Hopefully, this prize can encourage solutions to optimize and enhance the use of water,” Montejo said.
Eligible to be nominated are bona fide Filipinos who have a degree in any engineering course or related sciences and have been actively performing engineering functions in the Philippines for the past ten (10) years. Nominations may be sent to the Manila Water Foundation until July 15, 2015. Successful nominees will move on to the next stages of the search leading up to the awarding ceremony before the year ends.
Signed and sealed with a handshake. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and Manila Water Foundation Chairman Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Agreement for the Manila Water Foundation Prize for Engineering Excellence. DOST Undersecretary for S&T Services Rowena Cristina L. Guevara (extreme left) and Manila Water Foundation President Ferdinand M. dela Cruz (extreme right) eagerly look on.
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