Engineering students from Mindanao are not to be overlooked in the widening search for Filipino talent to represent the country in an internationally renowned competition advocating sustainable mobility.
This year, a record number of 34 teams from 25 engineering colleges and universities in the Philippines are participating in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, where students design, build and drive their very own eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Sixteen of the 34 teams are first-timers in the competition, including three from Mindanao—the University of Mindanao, Mindanao State University–Iligan Institute of Technology, and Ateneo de Davao.
Together with two schools from the Visayas—the Cebu Institute of Technology and University of San Carlos—representation of the various regions in the Philippines is getting strong.
“We are extremely happy with the increasing participation of Filipino students from outside Metro Manila, and even beyond Luzon,” said Lyndon Lumain, general manager of the Shell Eco-marathon Asia.
“Our Philippine contingent to this event has been growing steadily year after year. This is proof positive not only of our world-class Filipino talent in the field of engineering, but also of our strong commitment to the global advocacy on smarter mobility,” he adds.
Last year saw 15 teams from 9 schools comprise the Philippine contingent to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, which was hosted for the very first time in Manila. It coincided with the centennial of Shell companies in the Philippines.
This year, it will be held once more at the Rizal Park from February 25 to March 1. Manila will be hosting the regional event until 2016.