OCD-RDRRMC CALABARZON conducts poster making & essay writing contests for National Disaster Resilience Month 2017

  • July 12, 2017
  • Rachel Joy Camar-Gabrido

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, July 12 (PIA)-- The Office of Civil Defense - Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-RDRRMC) has conducted a Poster-making and Essay-Writing Contest with the theme, “4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan,” for the National Disaster Resilience Month 2017 at the OCD-RDRRMC CALABARZON Training Center, Camp Vicente Lim, Brgy. Mayapa Calamba City, Laguna last July 6.

Four Elementary Students (Grades 1-6) from public schools within CALABARZON participated in the Poster-Making Contest, while five High School Students (Grades 7-10) representing public high schools from the region vied for the Essay-Writing Contest.

The contenders were asked to create their original masterpieces – posters and essays – which embody this year’s theme.

Representatives from OCD IV-A, Philippine Information Agency IV-A (PIA IV-A), Department of Science and Technology IV-A (DOST IV-A), Department of Interior and Local Government IV-A (DILG IV-A), and Department of Education IV-A (DepEd IV-A) judged the Poster-Making Contest.

In line with this, representatives from the OCD IV-A, PIA IV-A, DILG IV-A, DepEd IV-A and National Economic Development Authority IV-A (NEDA IV-A) served as judicators for the Essay-Writing Contest.

The winners were announced  on the same day but the awarding will be held during the Gawad KALASAG 2017 Awarding Ceremony on July 31, 2017.

For the Poster-making, Margareth Ysabel Louise Pimentel of Ladisiao Diwa Elementary School, Cavite City, bagged the 3rd place; Glenn Pagcaliwagan of Bucal Elementary School, Batangas City won 2nd place; and in 1st place was Raphael Taberdo of Pagkakaisa Elementary School, Laguna.

For the Essay-Writing, Ma. Delyn Dela Cruz of Calamba Bayside National High School, Calamba City, was won 3rd place with a piece entitled “One Big Preparation for the Big One.” Diana Rose Panelo of Antipolo National High School, Antipolo City, won 2nd place with the essay entitled, “Filipino: The Strongest Strength of the Philippines.” Finally, Michael Paulo Alon of Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School, Santa Rosa City, bagged the 1st place as he expressed his understanding on the essence of the National Resilience Month 2017 through his piece entitled, “Missing Key Elements in Disaster Preparedness in the Philippines.”

The first place winner of each category shall serve as the region’s entry to the national level contests.

“This activity aims to involve the youth sector in disaster preparedness building and recognizes the significant role of this sector in ensuring community resilience. The participation of these students does not only influence the consciousness of these students but also their families, their schools, and their communities which could contribute to the overall disaster resilience of the region. It furthers the whole-of-society approach that the Office of Civil Defense - Regional DRRM Council CALABARZON is utilizing in the implementation of its DRRM programs, projects and activities” quoting OCD IV-A Regional Director and Regional DRRM Council IV-A Chairperson Olivia M. Luces. (GG/JCG, PIA4A)

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