Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Bicol 2012 Essay Writing Competition on the The Living Legacy of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo

The Bicol 2012 Essay Writing Competition on the The Living Legacy of DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo

Proponent:        Bicol Harvest Magazine and Kaya Natin Movement 

Co-Proponent:   Department  of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 
                    Regional Office V, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) V and 
                    LGU Daet with the support of the Department of Education 
                    (DepEd) V, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) V, City 
                    Government of Naga, SM Naga and ABS-CBN Naga

I.           RATIONALE

To honor the late Secretary Jesse Robredo’s exemplary governance as mayor of Naga City and head of the Department of Interior and Local Government, an essay writing competition was proposed to be held in the Bicol Region.

Dubbed as the “Bicol 2012 Essay Writing Competition on the Living Legacy of Secretary Jesse Robredo.” is very timely to recognize the late secretary, who inspires many local leaders in the country, as such various sectors of the society had considered him as one good man in the public service.

The contest, with the theme “The living Legacy of Secretary Jesse Robredo," aims to honor Sec. Robredo for his achievements in service.

It also aims to attract youth participants to motivate them to choose the right path.


1.   To highlight the exemplary service of the late Jesse Robredo as Mayor of Naga City and chief of the DILG.
2.   To inspire local leaders in the Bicol Region and country as well to advocate for good governance.
3.   To inculcate in the minds of the youth Jesse Robredo’s legacy as a good public servant and leader.
4.   To train the youth in their skills in writing.


1.   The contest is on-the-spot essay writing focusing on the theme “The living legacy of the late Sec. Jesse M. Robredo” in English.

2.   The competition has two categories: Category I-High School (3rd to 4th year HS) and category II- College level (1st to 5th year) both in private and public schools in the Bicol Region.

3.   There should be one participant in each school/college (secondary/tertiary) endorsed by the school administration.

4.   The endorsed participant must fill-up an entry form available at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) V office in Legazpi City, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) provincial offices, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Education-provincial and city division Offices.

5.   Deadline of submission of entry form together with the endorsement of school head is on or before the scheduled provincial elimination as follows:

October 12, 2012, 8:00AM

Camarines Norte
(Designated numbers for contestants- 201-299)
Central Plaza Mall, Daet, Camarines Norte
October 12, 2012
12:30 NN
Camarines Sur
Jesse Robredo Coliseum Naga City
October 26, 2012
8:00 AM

People’s Hall, Albay Capitol, Legazpi City
October 26, 2012
12:30 NN
Sorsogon Gymnasium, Sorsogon City
November 10, 2012
8:00 AM
Catanduanes Capitol Dome  Virac, Catanduanes
November 17, 2012
8:00 AM
Masbate Comprehensive High School

6.   During the provincial and regional competition, students are required to wear their school identification card and prescribed school uniform.

7.   The contest will be good for three (3) hours.

8.   The entries for the secondary level must contain not less than 800 and not more than 1000 words while for the tertiary level, all entries must contain not less than 1000 words and not more than 1500 words using English as official language and in cursive form.

9.   The organizers will draw a common topic for the secondary and tertiary category during the provincial and regional screening.

10.  Contest sheets will be provided by the DepEd for the secondary, while for the tertiary/college contestants will be provided by the CHED. No other sheets will be allowed.

11.  The provincial elimination will be handled by the DepEd, CHED, PIA, DILG and Kaya Natin Movement and supported by the provincial government concerned. Judges will come from the said stakeholders.  The DepEd representative will serve as the chairperson of the provincial elimination while the DILG representative will serve as word counter.  Winners will be informed a week before the regional competition. The awarding of the provincial winners will be on December 8, 2012 during the regional competition.

12.  The suggested program of activities for the provincial elimination will be- in the morning (Cam. Norte, Albay, Catanduanes and Masbate) the registration will start at 7:30am and ends at 8:00am, while in the afternoon (Cam. Sur and Sorsogon), starts at 12:30pm and ends at 1:00pm. The program consists of – preliminaries, opening remarks, video presentation- life of Jesse M. Robredo, intermission number c/o DepEd, and mechanics presentation.

13.  The winners (Rank 1) in Category I and II in the provincial screening will compete at the regional competition slated on December 8, 2012, 8:00 am at the SM Naga. Five (5) sub-topics will be given during the regional competition from the main theme such as but not limited to- “Tsinelas” Leadership, Religious Life, Transparent Life-Full Disclosure, Seal of Good Housekeeping, and Empowerment.  The Department of Education (DepEd) is the concerned agency for the identification of the sub-topics.

14.   This will be followed by the awarding of winners at the said venue.

15.  The Regional competition will be handled by the DepEd, CHED, PIA, DILG and the city government of Naga. Regional Judges include: DepEd, CHED, Kaya Natin Movement, City Govt. Of Naga, DILG, PIA and Atty. Leni Robredo.  Grace Padaca and Bam Aquino will be invited also as other members of the regional judges.

16.  Winning essay will be published at the Bicol Harvest Magazine.

IV. Prizes

Provincial Level: for category I and II

    First Prize                   P5,000.00 + trophy
    Second Prize               P3,000.00
    Third Prize                  P2,000.00
    7 Consolation Prizes     @ P500.00 each

Regional Level: for category I and II

    First Prize                   P10,000.00 + trophy
    Second Prize               P7,000.00  
    Third Prize                  P5,000.00
    3 Consolation Prizes     @P1,000.00 each

Participants and coaches at the provincial and regional level will receive certificate of participation.

Judges at the provincial and regional level will receive certificate of participation and tokens.

V.Criteria for Judging:

The essay must be written in English during the on-the-spot essay writing competition. It must contain a minimum of 800 words and a maximum of 1,000 words for High School and 1,000 to 1,500 words for college.

The entries shall be judge on the basis of the following criteria:

a.   Substance, content, originality, analysis and adherence to the essay theme- 60%.
b.   Logic, organization and coherence- 20%
c.   Style and presentation- 20%

       All decisions of the organizers, judges, related to the contest, the selection process and the selection of winners, shall be final and unappealable.

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