14 November 2011

DepEd sets photo, video contests

To make students aware about issues concerning the environment, the Department of Education (DepEd) has launched photo-essay and video-making contests for public elementary and high schools.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro, through DepEd Memorandum No. 250 series of 2011, urged all regional directors, schools division or city superintendents and school heads “to support this campaign by encouraging more pupils or students to participate and submit more entries.”
Luistro said the “Art-Eskwela Eco-Campaign Ekolitratro and Ekomersyal Contests,” was related to the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) versus Concerned Residents of Manila Bay which issues a continuing mandamus to all government agencies including the DepEd, to intensify and consolidate programs, projects, plans and actions on the environment and Republic Act No. 9512 otherwise known as “An Act to Promote Environmental Awareness Through Environmental Education and for Other Purposes.”
Through its Center for Students and Co-Curricular Affairs (CSCA), the DepEd has also linked up with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO).
Luistro said the contest aims to strengthen awareness of pupils, students, teachers and administrators on issues concerning the environment such as global warming, climate change, waste management and pollution and resource depletion.
“It also aims to encourage the youth to take care of the environment through the use of visually stimulating pictures and advertisements and break the indifference towards the environment by presenting a venue for involvement, commitment and creativity,” Luistro said.
An entry in the photo-essay contest must be made up of five photographs. A photo-essay is a set of photographs that tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer.
The video-essay is a one-minute video advertisement or commercial which will touch the hearts and minds of viewers to become environmentally-conscious.
Entries will be judged based on online votes (20 percent); story (30 percent); relevance (30 percent); technicality (10 percent); and overall impact (10 percent).
The entries must be submitted to the DepEd CSCA office on December 15. Winners will receive cash prizes, mobile phones and certificates.
Luistro added that the contest is also a novel way of promoting environmental awareness among public school students while instilling in them the importance of protecting the country’s natural resources.





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