Monday, October 5, 2015

DSWD-Bicol awards photo contest winners
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Oct. 2 (PNA) -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) regional office for Bicol awarded the winners of the Listahanan at Work Photo Contest at the 2nd Floor Annex, Pacific Mall, Legazpi City on Thursday.

The awarding ceremony coincided with the opening of the National Statistics Month celebration which carries the theme "Pagyamanin at Gamitin ang Estadistika, Kalusugan para sa Lahat ay Abot-Kamay na."

Members of the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee, students and general public took part in the event.

According to DSWD Assistant Regional Director Arwin Razo, the Listahanan at Work Photo Contest, with the theme “Listahanan at work: identifying families in need of social protection,” aims to promote transparency in the process of identifying the poor.

It also raises awareness and understanding on activities involved in the second round of assessment, Razo said.

Victor Angelo Roco from Tiwi, Albay took home the grand prize of PhP 10,000 in cash and plaque of recognition. He also bagged the Most Popular Photo Award with PhP 2,000 for getting the most number of likes on Facebook.

The other winners were Jerry Jethro Calag, 2nd place, with PhP 7,000 in cash and plaque of recognition; and Judy Anne Bon, 3rd place, with PhP 5,000 and plaque of recognition.

Special award was also given to Crizziel Medilo as the Most Promising Photographer, being the youngest among the contestants and ranking 4th.

Other participants also received consolation prizes and tokens from the DSWD.

The actual taking of photos was conducted on Aug. 4 at Barangays Padang, Bogna and Bitano – all in Legazpi City.

The juries who selected the best three photos among the 10 entries were Felipe Jose Peralta, veteran photographer, photojournalist and media specialist/professor; Dr. Xavier C. Cabredo, president of Mayon Photography Club Inc.; Anna Bajamundi, Statistician II, Philippine Statistical Authority; Mark Alvic Esplana, photojournalist, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and managing director of Pullout Digital and Creative Productions; and Jesseshan Marbella, Kalahi-CIDSS regional social marketing officer.

The photos on the Listahanan Photo Contest were exhibited on Oct. 1-2 at the Pacific Mall, near the food plaza, along with the statistical exhibit of other government agencies. (PNA) SCS/FGS/CBD