USTP CDO G12 student wins Project Niche 3.0 Pitching Competition

By Jewel Daguinotas, USTP CDO SHS (STRATCOMM work immersionist)

AG Shun Clark A. Aparece, a Grade 12 senior high school student from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro (USTP CDO), tops in the Project Niche 3.0: Pitching Competition for their community-based project proposal related to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

As a result of his victory, Aparece’s organization, Mundomuna, will receive a substantial seed grant of 20 thousand pesos. This financial boost will play a crucial role in the successful implementation of their project. Additionally, they will benefit from training provided by the esteemed Climate Reality Philippines’ Klima Pandayan program, further enhancing their capacity to address climate change issues. 

The winners were announced on May 10, 2024 on The Climate Reality Project Philippines Facebook page. 

Their proposed program, called SikadMuna: Padyak ng Kabuhayan at Kalikasan, is an initiative seeking to improve the working conditions and livelihoods of sikad (tricycle) drivers in Cagayan de Oro City by advocating designated lanes and coordinating them with organizations, including Tabang Sikad and Oro Youth Development Office. 

Aparece competed with Clark Romeo Naces from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP Diliman) and Febe Baconga from Mindanao State University (MSU). Naches is a USTP SHS alumnus of Batch 2022.

Project Niche empowers young climate activists by providing them with the resources and support to develop projects that address environmental challenges in their communities. It has partnered with the Youth Cluster of Climate Reality PH and various organizations, including the Rotary Club of Makati San Lorenzo, Rotary Club of Tai Po, and others. The Climate Reality Project Philippines is an organization hosted in the Philippines by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC). It creates spaces and finds opportunities for leaders to promote their climate initiatives.