BATAC CITY — A team of five students along with their three advisers from the state-run Mariano Marcos State University will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Enactus World Cup Competition to be held in Toronto, Canada on Sept. 29-30.
Enactus is an international non-government organization that connects students, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects. It aims to empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.
As a Hall of Fame awardee during the recently concluded Enactus Philippines 2016, the MMSU presenters impressed the judges in this year’s national finals as they showcased the transformation of at least 18 jail residents in Batac City when they were taught how to grow organic oyster mushrooms, now giving them sustainable source of income even when they are inside jail.
Another impressive student project of MMSU include local seaweed cultivation and processing where around 159 households in a coastal village of La Virhen Milagrosa in Badoc town ventured into it. Said livelihood project is now gaining ground in the local community since its inception in 2015.
Team leader Patrick John Quitoriano, an AB Communication student said MMSU’s victory is unexpected since they competed with known universities like the University of the Philippines-Los Banos which landed the first place, next to Holy Trinity College in General Santos City and the Sultan Kudarat State University.
During the implementation of these convergence projects made possible through the cooperation of inter-government agencies such as the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and MMSU extension directorate among others.
With emphasis on people empowerment, environment protection and profit generation, Quitoriano said his group assisted these communities by facilitating seminars on financial management and other skills and product development trainings to improve their way of life.
“As part of the Enactus team and a student volunteer, we envision to help people help themselves through entrepreneurial actions. By creating public awareness about these projects, we will never stop to approach people and enable them to help themselves so that they may help others too in the long run,” Quitoriano said citing “development is not exclusive, it must be for all.”
“Through these projects, we believe that we have created an impact to our beneficiaries through an economical, environmental and social way. At the end of the day, it is not just just about winning but more of helping people especially the Ilocanos to uplift their quality of life,” said Ma. Kathrina Ysabel Antonio, also a team member of MMSU-Enactus chapter.
Since 2006, the MMSU-Enactus has been a consistent finalist in the national exposition, representing the Philippines in the World Cup in Paris, France; Berlin, Germany, California, USA and in Toronto, Canada comes September. PNA/northboundasia.com