Tuguegarao City, Cagayan - Mariel F. Saltat, a Grade 9, Section A student from Barucboc National High School, Quezon, Isabela, a 4th class municipality, made history for being adjudged as the National Champion in the On-the-Spot Skills Exhibition on Population and Development (POPDEV): Essay Writing in the recently-concluded National Festival of Talents (NFOT) held in Dipolog City last 23-26 January 2017.
This success gave enough reason for the town with a literacy rate of 91.58% to celebrate and continue to inspire other talented young boys and girls to hone their God-given talents and pursue their dreams.
Ms. Saltat received a Plaque of Recognition from the Commission on Population (POPCOM) and the Department of Education (DepEd) plus P5,000.00 in cash for being the National Champion during the NFOT. Plaque of Recognition for the school, a congratulatory tarpaulin and additional cash prize of P5,000.00 from POPCOM II were also given during the Thanksgiving and Honor Rites for Ms. Saltat’s victory initiated by the LGU of Quezon at the municipal gymnasium last 6 February 2017. According to Ms. Saltat, her winning streak is captured through her coined acronym STD which means: sipag (diligence); tiyaga (perseverance); and determinasyon (determination).
On the other hand, two (2) other promising young talents from Region II also got national awards from the said festival, namely: Mr. Mark Aljon Bangloy of Santiago City National High School, Santiago City (2nd Place: Poster-Making Contest); and Ms. Reenzel Trixia I. Anzo of Lal-lo National High School, Lal-lo, Cagayan (3rd Place: Jingle Writing and Singing).
The theme for this year’s On-the-Spot-Skills Exhibition on POPDEV is: “Precious and Precarious: The Life of Young Filipinos.”
POPCOM and DepEd collaboratively implement programs, projects and activities to advocate Adolescent Health and Development (AHD) initiatives. NFOT, which includes the National PopQuiz and On-the-Spot Skills Exhibition on POPDEV are effective ways to gather young talents alike and showcase their potentials.
As POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III shares: “Education is the key to break the transmission of poverty from one generation to the next.”