In support to the celebration of the 2018 world food day (WFD) with the theme “Our actions are our future. A #ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible,” the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd)-CAR conducted a regional on-the-spot poster making contest.

Kalinga stude bags 1st prize during the regional on-the-spot poster making contest. Ms. Jay Banosan of San Pedro Elementary School from the Province of Kalinga won first prize during the art contest held at Baguio City on September 26, 2018.

Her winning poster will be the Region’s entry for the national level, which will be judged on October 3, 2018 at the DA Central Office. National winners will be awarded on October 16, 2018.

On the other hand, Christa Angelee Santiago from Kalinga, Jericho Alacar of Baguio City, Charity Charm Lawad of Tabuk and John Maeson Navarro of Abra bagged the 2nd to the 5th prize, respectively.

Nineteen elementary students from public and DepEd accredited private schools region wide participated in the contest.

The activity aims to raise awareness and enhance the understanding of the younger generation, through arts, the importance of food sufficiency and what it means for everybody to have access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations founded the celebration of the WFD in 1979. Today, it is observed annually in over 150 countries that celebrate it on the same day as the FAO’s founding anniversary, October the 16th.

The conduct of the nationwide on-the-spot poster making contest has been one of the highlights of WFD celebration spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture in partnership with DepEd as it involves elementary pupils from Grades IV to VI enrolled in any public and DepEd accredited private schools nationwide.

Mr. Robert Domoguen, the Regional Agricultural and Fisheries Information Section (RAFIS) Chief of the DA encouraged the participants to envision a better and brighter future as artists since their art works are self expressions.

In addition, he said that a ZeroHunger world by 2030 is possible if we cooperate with one another, adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, and is willing to share our knowledge to make the world a community where everything is balanced.

DA-CAR Regional Executive Director Cameron P. Odsey in his message told the participants that they have a very important role in raising awareness regarding the #ZeroHunger advocacy that FAO together the various government offices is pushing.

He also added that by 2030, they are already professionals and it is good that as early as now, they are participating in events such as these that will make them understand the various approaches that can help end world hunger.

Likewise, Ms. Michelle Andaya, nutritionist dietitian from DepEd congratulated the participants since at an early age; they are already involved in the call to end hunger. She then encouraged the participants to be the promoters of good health towards a zero hunger world.//MJMaguide