SAN JUAN, La Union, July 11 (PIA) – Twenty-four students from different public schools in Ilocos Region joined in poster-making and essay writing contests as part of the National Disaster Resilience Month observance led by the Office for Civil Defense (OCD) Region 1 on July 5 at Puerto de San Juan Resort, here.
Anchored on this year’s theme dubbed as “4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan,” the contest was aimed to capture the students’ creative ideas in promoting a disaster resilient Philippines.
Michelle Anne Orodio, a high school student of Castor Z. Concepcion National High School in Balaoan town was declared champion in the essay writing contest.
In her winning piece entitled “Awareness and Vigilance: Keys to Safety and Survival,” Orodio underscored the importance of disaster preparedness and how it could save human lives.
“It will decline the feeling of anxiety, fear, and confusion that accompany disasters and alongside with these, the survival rate will be higher,” she wrote.
She added, “Being prepared is being knowledgeable, through capturing good practices and lessons learned, managing disasters can be improved and efforts need to be made in order to reduce its impacts.”
On one hand, the poster entry of Shane Allyza G. Galleon, an elementary student from P.Q. Pimentel Elementary School in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, made him champion with an average score of 92.2 percent.
Her creative piece had met the criteria such as over-all presentation, creativity and color harmony, relevance to the theme, and originality.
Orodio and Galleon, as the regional champions, will represent Region 1 at the national level of the competitions.
Other winners for the essay writing contest are Alvia Poquiz of Turac National High School in Basista and Grace Ann Aquino of Bayambang National High School, both from the province of Pangasinan who landed 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.
Poster-making contest winners are: 1st runner-up Jennylyn Cariaga of Casani Colasan Elementary School in Rosales, Pangasinan and 2nd runner-up Dreyzen Gamotisi of Golgol Elementary School in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte.
The participants received cash and consolation prizes and certificates of participation
Pool of judges came from the regional offices of the Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Philippine Information Agency. (JNPD/AHFF/PIA-1)