Tungawan lass is Exemplary Child 2015 of Zambo Sibugay PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 September 2015 14:30

By ALMA L. TINGCANG

 

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay, — Esel Mae Lipay Tumbale, 14 , and a Grade 8 student of Tungawan, this province bested 15 other candidates in the Search for Exemplary Child 2015 (Provincial Level), held recently at Roderics’ Resort here.

Tumbale, daughter of a dried fish vendor,  graduated valedictorian in elementary and won as Miss Intramurals 2014. She was also 1st runner-up when she joined Ms. GSP 2015.

Aside from being a pretty lass, Tumbale is also good in arts and received medals and awards for academic and extra-curricular activities with a highest academic grade of 92.12% and lowest at 90%.

Spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the search  was open to all Pantawid Pamilya children aged 10-14. The activity aims to recognize Pantawid Pamilya children who serve as excellent examples in their households, schools and communities.

It also encourages children to be active citizens by complying with the conditions of the program.

Prior to the actual search held at Roderics’ Resort, the screening and validation of documents submitted by all 16 candidates was held at the DSWD Office.

The winner received a cash prize of P2,000, first runner-up – P1,500 and 2nd runner-up – P1,000. All contestants received certificates of participation, one backpack each, one t-shirt, and fare was refunded by DSWD.

Specifically, the Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago Search for Exemplary Child 2015 aims to encourage exemplary compliance of children to the conditionalities set by the program through recognition of those who excel in doing so.

It intends to develop exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children beneficiaries as advocates for the program and its thrust in health and education and involve the LGUs, partner agencies and other partners in the promotion of children’s rights, thus heightening their awareness on the importance of addressing supply side gaps.

They candidates were either recommended by community leaders, teachers, church groups or parent groups. — ALT-PIA9/Zamboanga Sibugay