DepEd Tugegarao conducted Pop Ed Quiz and Essay Contest

Tuguegarao City (13 October) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) in coordination with the Commission on Population (PopCom), conducted the 2008 Regional Population Quiz and Essay Writing Contest on adolescent reproductive health held recently at the DepEd Conference Hall.

The activity with the theme: "Population and Development for the Youth", was participated by representatives from the 5 provinces and 3 cities of the Cagayan Valley Region.

For the Pop Quiz, Gardel Xzya S. Libunao of the Cagayan National High School, representing Tuguegarao City, bested seven contestants from different secondary schools of the Region 2 with the highest points, followed by John James L. Antipolo of Quezon National High School representing the Province of Isabela and Clinjay Knine Delapa of Sabtang National School of Fisheries representing the Province of Batanes as the 3rd placer.

For the Essay Writing Contest, Sharmane Almendra of St. Mary's University, in Nueva Vizcaya bagged the first place, followed by Wayne Paet of the Quirino National High School and Roselyn Poncio of the Mahatao National High School in Batanes as the third placer.

The winners received trophies and cash prizes while the non winning contestants received consolation prizes.

The contests was conducted to sustain awareness and interest on population issues and other matters pertaining to the youth and general public; to convey population and development concepts to students; and to promote the values supporting population and development among in-school youth.

For his part, Dir. Jesus Lazo Taberdo, DepEd 2, said the objective of the activity is to design a collaborative training program for youth leaders to be held during school vacations; share promising practices and strategies of schools to increase awareness on Population Education Program focused on ARH through workshops, publications and partner websites; and to formulate school-level activities that will strengthen Adolescent Reproductive Health programs.

The popquiz and essay writing contest also aims to determine the regional contestants to represent the region for the National Population Quiz and also to identify and organize youth leaders to serve as adolescent reproductive health advocates, Taberdo added. (PIA Cagayan

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