SAN JOSE, Antique (PIA)- - The 2017 Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children kicked-off yesterday with the initial judging of the scrap book entries from the 18 towns of the province.
Provincial Operations Officer Jeffrey Gabucay and Social Worker III Christian Baldonasa facilitated the first part of the search wherein scrapbooks of children-contestants were assessed. This formed part of the 50 percent of the over-all criteria of the search.
Judges from DepEd, University of Antique (Pantawid pamilya Scholarship program in-charge), Provincial Health Office, Provincial Planning and Development Office and Philippine Information Agency took turns to evaluate the scrapbook which showed the kid’s behavior and practice through the testimonials from families, neighbors, teachers, friends and photo documentation.
Their intelligence and wit were also assessed based on the responses to the three essay questions while their community and school participation were measured based on the supporting papers attached to the documentation that showed their academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
The top 8 municipal entries and qualified to move on to the next level of competition are Belison, Sebaste, San Remigio, Sibalom, Patnongon, San Jose, Anini-y and Hamtic in no particular order.
The final round of competition will be on August 18, 2017 at the University of Antique with the eight cited contestants to show their talents, undergo question and answer portion and other numbers to show child and family empowerment under the program.
Baldonasa said that the search aimed to seek the best child that could represent the province in the regional/national search. The national search aims to seek out young leaders aged 10-14 years old who served as agent of change in their respective homes, schools and communities.
The search is also one way of showcasing the best practices of families, schools and communities in empowering children and fulfilling their rights under the Pantawid Pamilya program.
Antique for the past five years since the search was launched has earned regional and national distinctions. The province’ entry was declared first in the region for four times, it was only in 2013 that Antique got first runner up. At the national level, the province won 3rd runner up in 2015 and 4th runner up in 2016. (JCM/PSM/PIA6Antique)