Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), through its people technology-driven sustainability program UBP Xcellerator partnered with Pasig City, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Future Proof PH, and Scale Solutions in staging a hackathon event that pushes for a zero-carbon, climate resilient society.

Climathon is an annual gathering of change-makers, brought together by a globally interconnected event where participants tackle climate-related issues within their respective locales. This year, the climathon saw the participation of 6,000 problem solvers, students, and citizens from 110 key cities all over the world. In the Philippines, Pasig City is the first to host the climathon event in 2019, inspiring Silang and Parañaque to co-host this year’s event.

Concluded at the height of Typhoon Ulysses and in the middle of a pandemic, the climathon pushed through virtually, conveying the importance of building the capability of cities and their people to collectively create innovative solutions that address climate change. This year’s theme centered on the challenge to sustainably grow nutritious and affordable food at the community level.

Mayor Vico Sotto in his message at the event said that Pasig City is leading the way in inspiring other cities to take climate action seriously.

“We are looking forward to the ideas and solutions of the participants especially this year where we tackle food security, making food affordable, accessible in a sustainable way for all Pasigueños,”

Mayor Vico Sotto

The Bank’s participation in the annual event is in line with its sustainability thrust called “Tech-Up, Pilipinas”, which leverages on its technology and digital transformation to empower and educate Filipinos so they themselves can design creative solutions that will not only elevate lives but also spark ideas to help save the planet.

“Supporting our host local government unit is but a natural thing for us to do, allowing us to partner with Pasig City on an endeavor that harnesses UnionBank’s people technology program to equip the participants with ample capabilities from ideation to project implementation, which makes a complete learning experience for the participants,”

Dave Devilles, UnionBank’s VP for Sustainability, CSR, and Employee Relations

UnionBank awarded Xcellerator scholarships to members of the winning teams. Team Ecopolis’ solution involves designing community gardens, mobile markets, and integrating floating farms into Pasig’s green spaces. Team Plant Runner’s HALAMOVE is about empowering communities in Pasig City via mobile market that also doubles as a learning hub focused on urban agriculture. UnionBank’s Tech Up Pilipinas sustainability ambition leverages on the bank’s innovation and technology capabilities to make inclusive prosperity, sustainable finance, and digital transformation happen by co-creating innovative solutions for a better world.

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