Biotech solution: High school’s algae farm aims to curb pollution

Muntinlupa National High School (MNHS), the oldest and biggest school in Muntinlupa, is banking on biotechnology to shape the next generation of Filipinos and help save the planet.

Located at the New Bilibid Prison reservation in Barangay Poblacion, MNHS conceptualized the Revitalized Algae Microfarm Project (RevAMP) in 2017, the first of its kind in the Philippines. It harnesses the potential of microalgae not only to address pollution but also to enhance the quality of education.

“Our primary goal in the implementation of RevAMP is really to capture the environmental protection aspect initially,” Jason Albaro, overall project director of RevAMP, says in a Zoom interview with Inquirer.

Just like most public schools in the metropolis, MNHS had inadequate ventilation systems. Poor air quality made students’ learning environment less conducive, resulting in declining performance of both teachers and students.

Wanting to deal with pollution problems, MNHS hatched RevAMP (formerly known as Comprehensive Algae Microfarm Project) to cultivate chlorella vulgaris algae, best known for its ability to absorb greenhouse gases and pollutants. Their absorption capacity ranges between 17,000 and 18,000 tons of carbon dioxide per acre a year. Simply put, they remove harmful elements in the air we breathe.

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