CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — A Grade 7 student from the province of Zambales claimed the 2017 Regional Search for Pantawid Exemplary Child title.
Dianne Kate Chumatay from Sitio Acoje, Sta. Cruz town was recognized for having the most exemplary character and took home Php10,000 cash prize and a plaque of recognition.
12-year-old Chumatay is a consistent honor student and a member of Kankanaey tribe, a group of indigenous people who are known in the field of agriculture. Her family is engaged in farming and tree planting.
Jhon Lawrence Soriano of Maria Aurora in Aurora ended first runner up and got Php7,000 cash prize and plaque of recognition while Clarence Isaac Mindo of Malolos City, Bulacan finished second runner up and received Php5,000 cash prize and a plaque of recognition.
“The search aims to recognize the youth especially the children-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya who serve as excellent models in their respective households, schools, and communities,” Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Gemma Gabuya said.
“The youth is our potential and responsible partners in nation-building that’s why one of the responsibilities of the government is to ensure and provide complete, appropriate, and suitable facilities wherein they can have enough knowledge and wisdom to contribute in achieving progress and development in the community,” Gabuya added.
This year’s search carries the theme “Bata May Magagawa Ka, Iligtas ang Sarili at Bayan sa Droga” which supports the War on Drugs Campaign of the Duterte administration.
A panel composed of representatives from DSWD, Department of Education, and Philippine Information Agency selected the winners.
Contestants were rated based on behavior and practice (20%), talent (20%), wit (20%), involvement in the school and the community (20%), and confidence or stage presence (20%).
Chumatay will be the region’s representative to the national search this November. (CLJD/CJVF-PIA 3)Cherie Joyce V. Flores