SHELL Companies in the Philippines announced it had signed an agreement with the city government of Manila for a partnership concerning the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia event, the Philippine editions of which will be held annually starting this year until 2016.
Signing for Shell was Country Chairman Edgar Chua while representing the Manila city government were Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno.
Shell said the signing of the agreement marks the official pronouncement of the City of Manila’s support to Shell in its quest for smarter mobility by bringing the prestigious Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Manila.
Shell said SEM Asia is the largest super mileage competition in the world, and was first held in 2010 at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2014, SEM Asia will see more than 140 student teams from all over Asia and the Middle East flying in to compete, for the first time, in an urban circuit aroung Luneta Park, Manila.
“We are very pleased to formalize our partnership with the City of Manila to hold this prestigious competition at the iconic Luneta Park,” said Roberto Kanapi, vice president for communications at Shell Phils. “By holding Shell Eco-marathon in Manila this coming 2014 to 2016, we hope to generate public interest and awareness on energy efficiency and sustainable mobility.”
Shell said the Manila city government, recognizing the positive contribution of the Shell Eco-marathon to the future of energy in the Philippines, has agreed to the mounting of the event around Luneta. The company added that to be held alongside SEM are Powering Progress Together Forum and Shell Energy Lab—both of which will come to Asia for the first time.