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[March 6, 2012] For the third year in a row, Barobo National High School (NHS) earned the top spot in the “Doon Po Sa Amin” (DPSA) Learning Challenge.
The school’s winning website entitled “Doon Po Sa Amin, Lumuluha ang mga Isda” tells about the devastation of marine life in the Surigao del Sur municipality through moving interviews and first-hand observations.
In addition to the P50,000 grand prize and desktop computer, the team was awarded P30,000 and another desktop for winning in the Environment and Disaster Preparedness category; plus P10,000 as special award for being the best in Community Involvement.
Now on its fourth year, the competition conducted by Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) under its corporate social responsibility program Kabalikat is aimed at encouraging teachers and students to use computer and internet technologies to generate web-based information and educational materials about their respective communities.
“As students and teachers, they shouldn’t confine themselves to being mere consumers of data, they should realize that they can also create their own. We all have the capacity to do that and what better place to start than our community. This project gives them an opportunity to dig deeper into what they have around them and share it with the world,” says Darwin Flores, head of Community Partnerships of Smart Public Affairs Group.
Out of 137 entries, the other winners per category are Misamis Occidental National High School (NHS) for “Pista Sa Oroquieta: Pagyukbo sa Atong Birhen Sa Santo Rosaryo”, Arts and Culture; Misamis Occidental NHS for “Uling: Ang Tinubdan sa Panginabuhi”, Livelihood and Economics; Olongapo City NHS for “Doon Po Sa Amin Magkakaroon ng Coal Power Plant”, Science, Technology and Health; Camiguin NHS for “Mag Panaw Ki”, Tourism and Entertainment; Cavite National Science High School for “Doon Po Sa Amin: Spanish=Chavacano≠Spanish”, Language and Literature; and another student team from Barobo NHS for “Doon Po Sa Amin, Maagap ang Katarungan”, History and Society.
Special awardees include Bataan NHS for “May Kalan Sa Daan”, Best in Web Design and Layout; Naga City Science High School for “Dahil Kay Vermi, Natuto Kami (The Teachings from the Book of Vermi)”, Best in ICT Integration and Best in Booth Exhibit; and Gen. E. Aguinaldo NHS for “Bailen, Kapurit na Ikit, Katingot na Bayuot, Tala Maaabot”, Best in Team Collaboration.
Lloyd Layug of Netlearn who has been a DPSA judge since 2008 says that the students’ works have improved significantly. “It is clear how their grasp of technology has progressed, their works this year are more interactive,” he observes.
Also under DPSA is the contest “Ano ang Kwento Mo?” which required the creation of video blogs centered on a distinct element in the community. The grand champion, Naga City Science High School won P30,000 with “Doon Po Sa Amin ang Maliit Pinagmamalaki”. The entry, which calls for the protection and conservation of the endangered “tabios” or “Sinarapan”, the world’s smallest commercial and edible fish found in Lake Buhi in Buhi, Camarines Sur, also won the Environment and Disaster Preparedness category and bagged an additional P10,000.
Other category winners for “Ano Ang Kwento Mo?” are Manggahan High School for “Doon Po Sa Amin, May Daloy ang Kasaysayan”, History and Society; Jose J.Leido Jr. Memorial NHS for “Doon Po Sa Amin, Mangyan ay In na In”, Arts and Culture; Barobo NHS for “Doon Po Sa Amin, May Bukal ng Kagandahan at Tagumpay”, Travel and Cuisine.
The special award winners were given P5,000 each. Best in Community Involvement is Barobo NHS for “Doon Po Sa Amin, May Bukal ng Kagandahan at Tagumpay”; Best in Team Collaboration is Kintner Christian Academy for “Doon Po Sa Amin Pito ang Lawa: Exposing the History and Beauty of San Pablo City's Seven Lakes”; Best In ICT Integration and Best Booth Exhibit is Lopez NCHS for “Si Jose, Idol at Inspirasyon”; and Best in Web Design and Layout is Naga City Science High School for “Ang Ulam di lang Kinakain, Sinasakyan Din”.
The newest of the DPSA sub-competitions is DPSA Quest which invited teacher-student teams to look up unique stories about their communities and write about them with the aid of their blog sites. “DPSA is all about enabling communities, through the schools, to develop a pride of place. With that, a lot of things can develop, tourism is just one,” Flores points out.
The champion, Naga Central School 1 called their entry “Supat kan Hinangos Ko, Gikan sa Basura Mo” which means “Trash-sacked business, Our wealth, Our lifeline”. It tells about life at the dumpsite, and highlights the resourcefulness and determination of those who earn their livelihood by scavenging. The team’s hard work was rewarded with P30,000.
First runner-up for DPSA Quest is Naga Central School 1. They received P20,000 for “Doon Po Sa Amin; Doot sa Salog, Buhay kan Gabos”. The team also bagged a special award for Best in Community Involvement which earned them an extra P5,000. Second runner-up is San Roque Central Elementary School. They were given P15,000 for “Doon Po sa Amin, Kuyaw ang Pangayaw”. Third runner-up is San Roque Central Elementary School. The team was handed P10,000 for “Kiya po (Kaya po) kami ganito dahil sa Kiyapo (water lily)”.
Other special awardees are Ilaya Elementary School for “Kapit Kapatid”, Best Web Design; Butuan CES-STEC for “Doon Po Sa Amin: Lami Gid ang Palagsing”, Best in ICT Integration and Best in Booth Exhibit; and Sumihilon CES for “Doon Po Sa Amin: Kaupas, Grasya sa Unas: Panginabuhian Sa Lumulopyo Hong Sumilihon”, Best in Team Collaboration.
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