The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has named the winners for the 2023 Search for Exemplary Pantawid Pamilya Children in Region 7.

Exemplary 4Ps Children

The search for exemplary children under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) started with the endorsement of nominations from the city and municipal links to the provincial-level judging to determine the provincial winners.

The Bohol provincial winner is Brilliant Gyle Enriquez of Getafe town, while the second and third placers are Christine Licomes of Dagohoy and John Rendel Orbuda of San Isidro, respectively.

The provincial winner of Cebu is Andrea May Cawayan from the island municipality of Pilar. Jane Jecel Torres from Barili ranks second, while Charles Edrian Abacajan from the City of Talisay ranks third.

The Negros Oriental provincial winners are the following: Lady Ween Ambo of Basay, first place; Chris James Colegio of the City of Guihulngan, second place; and Dieshainlee Palomar of Manjuyod, third place.

Siquijor’s provincial winners include Yasmen Baguis of Lazi, first place; Althea Bennis Abillo of San Juan, second place; and Divine Leth Malicay of Larena, third place.

The provincial winners were endorsed to the regional-level validation to determine the ranking of each contender.

An eighth-grade boy from Getafe, Bohol was declared this year’s winner for the regional tilt.

Brilliant Gyle, 13 years old from Barangay San Jose, Getafe bested other three provincial winners including, Andrea May in second place; Yasmen in third place, and Lady Ween in fourth place.

The judging process was based on the following criteria: behavior and practice (20%), awareness, advocacy, and talent (25%), intelligence and wit (25%), community and school participation (20%), and aptitude and appearance (10%).

The four (4) children will represent the Central Visayas region during the 4Ps National Children’s Congress cum Araw ng Kabataan 2023 (NCC cum ANK) celebration scheduled from November 26 to 30, 2023, in Metro Manila, and they will be joined by other provincial winners from all over the country. The event will carry the theme “Building resilience in 4Ps children in addressing climate change.”

“As one of the stakeholders in 4Ps, the children-beneficiaries play an important role in fulfilling the education and health outcomes of the program. Indeed, the stories of our exemplary children are truly inspirational and worthy of emulation by other children-beneficiaries,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Shalaine Marie Lucero.

“These children will be an addition to our pool of local ambassadors who can promote children’s rights, specifically in health and education,” she added.

The search aims to recognize children under 4Ps who serve as excellent examples in their households, schools, and communities and to encourage children to be active citizens by complying with the conditions of the program.

The regional and provincial winners will receive a cash prize and a certificate of recognition during the scheduled provincial awarding ceremony.

The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) is a program of the national government that invests in the health and education of poor households, primarily children aged 18 and below. It is implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) together with other government agencies, including the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Health (DOH). ###

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