Winners of poster making contest bared

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

A GRADE 6 pupil of Calbayog City SPED Center won the Best Poster award in the recently concluded Regional On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Agriculture (DA).

The nationwide poster making contest was launched in connection with the worldwide observance of World Food Day on October 16, 2010.

For Eastern Visayas, said contest was held at the DepEd Regional Office Candahug, Palo, Leyte.


Daryll Clark L. Castillo, a 12-year-old elementary student and resident of Barangay Hamorawon, Calbayog City, won the top prize for his ingenious work depicting various agencies and people in a community working together toward a common goal, i.e., fight against hunger. Castillo got the cash prize of P3,000, a plaque of recognition and the chance to represent the region in the national level competition to be held at the Bureau of Soils and Water Management, Quezon City, on October 13, 2010.

Michael Roa, also of Calbayog City and a student of Gadgaran Integrated School, won the second place for his entry showing a big pot which symbolizes abundance of food for every family and a big fish bone which represents hunger. Roa received the 1st runner-up prize of PhP2,000 and a plaque of recognition.

The 3rd and 4th places were won by Artgiveson C. Arreglado of Sto. Niño SPED Center, Tacloban City, and Allen Francis B. Capao of Maasin City SPED Center, respectively. Aside from getting a certificate of recognition, Arreglado got a cash award of PhP1,500 while Capao received PhP 1,000.

All top four winners bested 15 other contestants representing different public and DepEd-accredited private elementary schools in the region.

In his speech during the opening program, DepEd Assistant Regional Director Alberto Escobarte underscored the significance of the event. He said the contest is one of the highlights of the worldwide observance of World Food Day traditionally held every 16th of October.

He also said that a competition like this is a very laudable activity since it helps encourage school children to develop their talents and creativity. "Their exposure to such contests will certainly redound to the overall personal development of the school children who will become more conscious of the global issues affecting not only themselves but the whole of humanity," he added.

Through this contest, the cooperating agencies headed by the FAO, DepEd and DA aim to awaken the consciousness of the people, especially the children, on the importance of helping one another to combat the problem on world hunger. Hence, during the awarding ceremonies, all pupil-contestants received gift packages of assorted vegetable seeds and a consolation prize of P400 as tokens for those who were not able to make it to the top four. Seeds and additional cash awards were made available courtesy of the DepEd-Regional Office and DA-RFU in Eastern Visayas. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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