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PIA, DepEd engage Abra students in ASEAN advocacy campaign

BANGUED Abra, Sept. 29 (PIA) -- The Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera Regional Office in partnership with the Department of Education conducted the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Youth Forum and ASEAN 2017 Literary and Visual Arts Contest at the Abra High School here on September 26.


The Literary and Visual Contests dubbed “iCapture: ASEAN, Me and My Community” focused on the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.” It was participated by representatives from 18 public and private high schools in the province.

For the essay writing, Keith Gwyneth Tuscano of the Marc Ysrael B. Bernos High School in La Paz bested 18 other contestants. Migui Billedo of Divine World College of Bangued placed second while Nicole Hannah Venus of Saint Mary High School of Pidgin landed third.

For the poster making contest that gathered 20 participants, Mary Glezel Buenafe of the Holy Spirit Academy of Bangued won first place. Bernael Semanero of Divine World College and Mark Kyle Andres bagged the second and third place, respectively.

Judges for the Literary Contest were Dr. Zenaida Astudillo, consultant and professor at Abra Valley Colleges; Prof. Natividad Jornacion, Education and AB Program head of Divine Work College; and Prof. Rommel Yahin, English Professor of Abra State Institute of Science and Technology.

For the Visual Arts Contest, judges were Frank Asia, owner-manager Qualiarts and Noel Rosales, artist and professor at ASIST-Bangued.

Meanwhile, around 300 high school students joined the ASEAN youth forum where PIA–CAR Information officer Joseph Zambrano discussed the ASEAN overview, the ASEAN Economic Community and the Philippine hosting of this year’s ASEAN Summits that coincide with the association’s 50th foundation anniversary.

Other speakers in the forum were Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency- Cordillera agent Serafina Tenenen who talked about the ASEAN Peace and Security pillar and the country’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Representing the Department of Education was Teresa Cabcaban who lectured about DepEd’s K to 12 program and its importance in improving the country’s competitiveness in the ASEAN region and in also in the global community.

The PIA, under the guidance of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, has been spearheading ASEAN Information, Education and Communication advocacy campaigns in the provinces to increase awareness among Filipinos about ASEAN and its goal of one region, one community. By Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)