News - Winners, 2008 Essay Writing Competition on PopDev

This year’s winners of the Population and Development Essay Writing Competition, sponsored by the Bureau of Secondary Education-Department of Education and PCPD, are Charmaine R. Almendra (First Place) of the St. Mary’s University, Nueva Viscaya; Jan Nicole Datu (Second Place), Angeles City Science High School, Pampanga; and Karina Lei C. Relatado (Third Place), Digos City National Highschool, Davao del Sur.  They were awarded cash prizes and plaques on October 19,2008 in Tagbilaran City.  The winners and their coaches were also given the rare opportunity to witness the 2008 National Population Quiz and to tour Tagbilaran City in Bohol.


According to Charmaine, her winning essay “Kaleidoscopic” is about freedom and responsibility among the youth.  She said, the country, like a kaleidoscope, has undergone various changes – many of these changes are brought about by the decisions and actions of the past generations.  Therefore, she challenged the youth today to correct the mistakes of the past by ensuring that they do something about overpopulation and food shortage.


Jan Nicole wrote her essay “Youth Matters” to encourage the youth to share their views on issues such as adolescent reproductive health.  She said, “If the youth population bulge is not addressed today, its consequences will negate all future efforts to improve and develop this country.” 


Karina’s essay “Youth in Nation Development: A Challenge” is about training the youth and tapping them in policy-making to help solve the problem of overpopulation and poverty.


The three winners of the essay contest are all third year high school students.  They share the same passion for writing, and they all want to finish school and become responsible adults.


See the winning entries in the Features section of this website) 


(Photos (L-R): Karina Lei, Charmaine, and Jan Nicole)