THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) celebrated its 11th founding anniversary last week and aside from their programs and celebrations, held an essay writing contest pitting the different Eastmincom departments against each other aside from a category for students and an on-the-spot poster-making contest sponsored by Boysen Paints.
I got ringside view of both as one of the judges of the essay-writing contest.
With the theme "EMC - Your reliable partner for reach change and development in Eastern Mindanao", the soldiers came up with impressive articles about the Eastmincom, although I liked the children's essays better. Not that the children's had more substance, the military category was oozing with it, but the children's had a more candid look at the military command.
Champion in the students category for the essay-writing was Lustre Luke Angelo H. Oliver from Bukidnon with his essay: “Emc 11 Years Since: Camouflaging the Colors of Change”. First runner-up was “Youth, Peace And Security” by Ian Derf C. Salvaña of Davao Oriental and second runner-up was “InBeatWin: People of War” by Christian Joy Lopez of Surigao del Norte. The two honorable mentions were “Pagkakaisa Tanging Hiling ng Eastern Mindanao” by Eric James M. Tee of Davao Oriental and “Refining Quality: EMC at Greater Heights” by Chrisyl Joy Inso of Davao del Norte.
In the military category, the winners were: “Ripples Of Change” by the Staff For Civil-Military Operations/Public Information Office, champion; 1st Runner-Up, “Emphasizing Military Commitment For Real Change: An Abuse-Free Martial Law In Eastern Mindanao” from the Command Judge Advocate; 2nd Runner-Up “Team EMC: A Decade of Leading, Inspiring and Serving Eastern Mindanao” from the Office Of The Commander; 1st Honorable Mention, “Roadmap for Change: EMC Transformation Agenda” from the Office Of The Commander; and 2nd Honorable Mention, “Secured And Progressive Eastern Mindanao” from the Command Provost Marshal.
Davao del Norte ruled the poster-making contest grabbing the top prize and the first runner-up place. The champion was the poster entitled “Obtaining Prosperity by Protecting and Maintaining Peace and Order” by Norman Vincent Erod of Davao del Norte. Also from Davao del Norte is John Ralph C. Relator who went home with the first runner-up medal with his poster “Unity, peace and progress”. The untitled poster by Arnel Samar of Davao Oriental won second runner-up. The youth's participation and in the process getting to know Eastmincom will hopefully inspire them "to do their share in making our country a much better place that we all dream of," as Captain Floro C. Canaleja, who organized the contests, wrote in his invitation.