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Davao Norte prov'l staff join 1st SONA info quiz

by Jean Abangan

Tagum City, Davao del Norte (5 August) -- Davao del Norte provincial government employees get prizes as they take to heart the recently delivered State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

29 government employees from provincial offices of the social welfare and development, general services, human resource management, treasury, agriculture, budget, legal, accounting and the Governor's office braved their way to the first SONA Info Quiz held on August 1 at the Ceremonial Hall.

Participants tried their might on questions regarding the Expanded Value Added Tax (EVAT), roll-on roll off nautical highway facilities, education, food sufficiency strategies, natural family planning, peace efforts among other topics of the President's 8th SONA.

The Provincial Information Division which managed the SONA Info Quiz also floated trivia questions on who designed the President's gown worn during the SONA and what materials it was made of.

Evelyn Cortez of Provincial Governor's Office-Admin Division bagged a P1,000.00 cheque as the 1st placer. Geoffrey Landanganon and Maryknoll Caboverde got P750.00 and P500.00 as the 2rd and 3rd placers, respectively.

Davao del Norte Provincial Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario awarded them the prizes during the regular Monday convocation at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan.

Provincial Administrator Rufo Peligro explained the prizes were "incentives for internalizing the policy statements of the President."

"It was a way of raising awareness regarding the President's SONA among the Capitol employees. I asked them to watch the SONA, then (I) conducted the quiz," he said in an interview.

Peligro is thinking of institutionalizing the Quiz Bee in the succeeding SONAs of the President and is planning of giving away much bigger prizes.

"We're starting with the provincial government employees," Peligro said as he shared plans of getting the students involved in the next SONA. (PIA XI/DavComval Infocen) [top]

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