JICA opens poster-making contest for Grades 7-12 in Northern Luzon

This is a press release from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines.

Poster designs of Filipino high school students depicting the development cooperation activities of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and its impact on the lives of Filipinos stand to win prizes in JICA's first poster design competition in Northern Luzon.

With the theme "Change Around Us," the contest is organized as part of the Japan-Philippines Friendship Month this year.

The contest, launched this week, is open to students from Grades 7-12 in the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Winning posters will be exhibited at the JICA display at the Baguio Museum during the Tanabata Festival week, a yearly celebration in Baguio commemorating the friendship between Japan and the Philippines.

The festival is patterned after Japan's community festival in Miyagi Prefecture marking the diplomatic relations of both countries.

Top 3 entries will be declared winners, while the school with the most number of entries will also be given a special prize.

Deadline of entries is on July 16, 2018. More details can be found on this website and on JICA's Facebook page.

"JICA is launching this poster design competition with the belief that arts unify people, and that the young generation of Filipinos offer innovative ideas on how societies can benefit from change and the impact of development cooperation," said JICA senior representative Aya Kano.

The Philippines has one of the youngest populations in Southeast Asia, with a median age of 23 years old said to be a demographic sweet spot that could help sustain economic growth (Philippine Statistics Authority).

JICA is a longstanding trusted development partner of the Philippines since the 1960s, with some of its development cooperation activities implemented in Northern Luzon.

In the aftermath of the Baguio earthquake in 1990, JICA was among the first to extend assistance through road disaster prevention measures against landslides and falling rocks via transport infrastructure projects including the Naguilian Road and Rosario-Pugo-Baguio Road (popularly known as Marcos Highway). Through JICA's assistance, said road is now the preferred access road to Baguio.

Aside from infrastructure, JICA's assistance in Northern Luzon also came in the form of dispatch of Japanese volunteers to support farming and sustainable tourism, construction of the Benguet General Hospital, a hydropower facility in Ifugao, training of young farmers in Japan to conserve the Ifugao Rice Terraces, and maternal and child health services, to name a few. – Rappler.com