By Ignacio R. Bunye
Ma. Regaele A. Olarte has been teaching physics (Teacher I) at the Muntinlupa National High School (my alma mater) for the last 12 years.
What make her shine are her advocacies in and out of the classroom.
In school, she champions invention-driven instruction, which encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills among her students.
A budding inventor, she has designed classroom equipment using readily available materials.
Working with DepEd, Ms. Olarte has authored K to 12 learners’ modules and teachers’ guides for Grades 9 and 10 nationwide.
She has also served as a writer for national achievements tests in physics.
Outside school, she actively participates in outreach programs of her church and works with the DENR and the Earth Day Network Philippines as focal person for their carbon footprint mitigation campaign.
For her achievements, Olarte was recognized by Metrobank Foundation as one of the Most Outstanding Teachers in 2016.
She added another feather to her cap recently.
She was top awardee in the Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua “Gintong Parangal para sa Edukasyon – Guro” which was presented by Fortune Life Care.
And now, Olarte is about to scale greater heights.
Representing Muntinlupa National High School (MNHS), she and fellow teacher Jason B. Albaro recently made it to the Final Four (Global High School Category – Asia) of the 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize.
The other three finalists in their category are Bahrain Bayan School (Bahrain), Mahindra United World College of India (India), and Shenzhen Yadi School (China).
The Zayed Future Energy Prize represents the vision of the late founding father and president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, who championed environmental stewardship.
In the last 10 years, the annual award has recognized achievements that reflect impact, innovation, long-term vision, and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability.
Awards are given in four categories – Large Corporation, Small and Medium Enterprise, Non-Profit Organization, and Global High Schools.
It was a very tough competition for Muntinlupa National High School, represented by Olarte and Albaro. Judges had to screen 2,296 entries from 112 countries worldwide.
But the judges found MNHS’ proposal – Comprehensive Algae Microfarming Project (CAMP) using Solar Powered Photobioreactors – quite promising in promoting renewable energy and sustainability.
Explains Dr. Florante C. Marmeto, principal of Muntinlupa National High School:
“Algae microfarming is not yet widely known in the country and this is the very first algae microfarm yet to be introduced at school level where people will gain awareness and appreciation of the benefits of algae, specifically in the fields of medicine, agriculture, nutrition, and energy industry.
“Upon the promotion of algae cultivation to the ordinary Juan and Maria, more jobs will be offered to people and more business opportunities will open.”
For the fourth and final stage of the selection process, the jury will interview the finalists before electing the grand winner in each category.
In January, 2018, all finalists will go to the 10th Annual Awards Ceremony for the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on an all-expense-paid trip.
Muntinlupa National High School (to repeat, my alma mater) is headed by Principal IV Dr. Florante C. Marmeto and is under the Schools Division Office of Muntinlupa City headed by Dr. Mauro C. De Gulan.
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