BCWD representative orator scores anew
by Agelia J. Mora
Butuan City (23 February) -- Butuan City Water District (BCWD) representative orator scored anew when he was adjudged Third Place winner in the 14th PAWD National Oratorical Contest on February 11, 2009 in Cebu City.
Rafael Victor R. Villanueva, representing BCWD and the Northern Mindanao Natural Resources Management Council (NorMin-NRMC), competed with regional champion-orators who represented the different water districts and regional associations of water districts in the country.
Villanueva, a 16-year old senior high school student of Angelicum Montessori School in Butuan City, is indeed BCWD's pride for being its first sponsored contestant to that prestigious national contest who brought home a major prize.
Trained under the tutelage of Jane Racho-Ty, Villanueva employed paradoxical approach in his interpretation of the theme "Water and Sanitation for Life's Preservation" and conversational method in his delivery, far from being conventional orator. That made him one of the distinct performers and landed him on the third spot of the competition.
Villanueva won in the 22nd Local Oratorical Contest in October last year, making him eligible to represent BCWD in the regional contest. Then, he was unanimously chosen as the best orator in the 22nd NorMin-NRMC Regional Oratorical Contest, his passport to the national contest.
The 14th PAWD National Oratorical Contest and the 14th PAWD National Poster Making Contest were among the highlights of the 30th PAWD National Convention, the 30th annual national gathering of member-water districts of the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD), held on February 11-13, 2009 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.
The 14th PAWD National Oratorical and Poster Making Contests were supposed to be the last staging of the twin-contests. Last year, the PAWD leadership decided to end the holding of the two contests to give way to a new phase of environmental education for the youth being the future stewards of the environment, including water resources. However, with the overwhelming success of the 14th PAWD National Oratorical and Poster Making Contests and the public clamor for their retention, PAWD president Delfin C. Hilario proclaimed recently that the two PAWD national contests will continue to be among the major activities during PAWD national conventions.
With the decision of PAWD to continue the national contests for both oratorical and poster making, BCWD is encouraging high schools to train their brightest students and send the best to either of the two local contests – oratorical and on-the-spot poster making. (BCWD/PIA-Caraga) [top]