PH Places 2nd in ASEAN Data Science Explorer 2018

Filipino students John Rusty T. Perena and Jade O. Hizon receive their prize from Singapore Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran. (ASEAN Foundation photo)

SINGAPORE 12 November 2018 – Two Education students of the Nueva Ecija University of Science & Technology, Jade O. Hizon and John Rusty T. Perena, won second place at the ASEAN Data Science Explorer 2018 held on 25 October 2018 in Singapore.

Messrs. Hizon and Perena, who are on their last year for their Bachelor’s in Education (major in Science) degree, tackled the problem of youth unemployment in the ASEAN region through their presentation, “Recalibrating Educational Gears through Entrepreneurship Education”.

Their victory was made even sweeter as they almost did not make it to the regional finals. Their province was recently ravaged by Typhoon Ompong that left them with no internet access to work on their presentation.

Singapore won the top prize with their presentation, “From Slumming to Sustainability”, while Vietnam placed third with their presentation, “Conquering the Waves of Global Trade”.

Messrs. Hizon and Perena are flanked by First Secretary Gonaranao B. Musor and Ms. Virna Venturanza, Filipina Head of Corporate Affairs of SAP. SAP is a German multinational software corporation that co-organized the ASEAN Data Science Explorer with the ASEAN Foundation (Jade O. Hizon photo)

First Secretary and Consul Gonaranao B. Musor represented the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, who encouraged the two students, as well as the other contestants, to share their interesting presentations to ASEAN Leaders to ensure that their bright ideas can be translated into concrete policy actions to benefit the region.

Singapore Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran was guest of honor and personally awarded the prizes to the winning presentations.

To watch the presentations of the student contestants, one can follow this link:

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