Thursday, October 15, 2015

DTI AKLAN Holds Poster Making Contest On Consumerism

DTI AKLAN Holds Poster Making Contest On Consumerism
Front row: Students from beneficiary schools of the Personal Computers for Public Schools (PCPS) project in Aklan with their respective coaches (second row). On the third row (L-R), participants, coach, the panel of judges (Ms. Chriszela Ramos, Mr. Michael Rapiz and Ms. Sumra Dela Cruz-Rojo), the Provincial Dir. Diosdado Cadena Jr. and a technical staff of DTI (Pamela Roldan).

In celebration of the Consumers Welfare Month, the DTI Aklan held a poster making contest on Wednesday, October 7, in Kalibo, Aklan. Personal Computers for Public Schools (PCPS) project beneficiary schools in the province participated in the contest.

The PCPS project was spearheaded by the DTI since 2001. It is an initiative of the agency in response to the compelling challenges posed by the fast emerging Know-ledge Economy. It aims to enhance the Filipino youth's information technology (IT) skills and to promote IT culture in Philippine classrooms. The project, in its Phase 4, has provided 631 personal computers to 53 recipient schools, at 12 computers per school in Aklan. The project fund came from the Government of Japan through its Non-Project Grant Assistance Countervalue Funds.

The project implementation has contributed to the development of the students’ IT competencies which prepares them for the requirements of higher IT learning and jobs in the Knowledge Economy.

Eleven high school students from the beneficiary schools of the PCPS project were able to join the contest. They show their creativeness and idea on the theme: Consumer Protection in the ASEAN Economic Community. The contest aims to encourage high school students to create a truly inspiring poster design that can communicate the message of Consumer Protection in the ASEAN Economic Community.

Mr. Michael T. Rapiz, Education Supervisor of the Department of Education, Ms. Sumra Dela Cruz-Rojo, Museum Curator of Arch. Gabriel M. Reyes Foundation, and Ms. Chriszela Ramos, Trade and Industry Development Specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry composed the panel of judges.

The winners are: 1st prize – Jericho Ivan Querubin of Ochando National High School; 2nd prize – Angel Quitong of Fr. Julian C. Rago Memorial National High School; and 3rd prize – John Rvyl Tumaca of Malay National High School. The first prize winner will represent Aklan in the Regional Le-vel on October 23, 2015 in Iloilo City.

Moreover, DTI is set to conduct a forum and to meet with Media to discuss Consumerism in the AEC. These activities are scheduled on the fourth week of October which aims to heighten participants’ awareness on the effect of the implementation of ASEAN Economic Integration on both the consumer and business sectors.

October is declared Consumer Welfare Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1098. This year, the National Consumer Affairs Council leads the celebration in close coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry in the regions and provinces nationwide./MP

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