May 24, 2018
All students from Grade 7 to 12 enrolled in any high school in Regions 1, 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region may join the contest.
Submission of Entries
Judging and Results
Change Around Us: How JICA projects support the well-being of the people in Northern Luzon
A Background Guide for Participants
Northern Luzon has its share of gorgeous tourist sites and widely-acclaimed landmarks. Through time, big industrial developments, rising population, and natural disasters dramatically changed the life of the people in Northern Luzon.
Throughout these transformations, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) embarked on various projects to show how it cares for sustainable development, and partnered with Northern Luzon communities so people may overcome the challenges that come with rapid urbanization and disaster recovery.
To enhance mobility to and from Northern Luzon, JICA built the Patapat viaduct, an elevated coastal bridge at the northernmost tip of Luzon, which is the starting point of the Cordillera mountain range. JICA also helped build major bridges in Region I including Quirino and Amburayan bridges connecting the Ilocos region to other areas in Northern Luzon.
When earthquake struck Baguio City in 1997, JICA helped rebuild roads namely the Naguilian Road and Halsema Highway, Rosario-Pugo-Baguio Road, Baguio-Aritao Road, and other affected locations along the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway. JICA also supported construction of roads linking Baguio to other areas such as the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway to facilitate economic growth in the region.
Aside from construction and rehabilitation of transport infrastructure, JICA built disaster prevention measures through flood control structures along the Laoag River basin, reducing damages caused by frequent typhoons and further stabilizing people's lives and livelihood. In addition, JICA also built a mini hydropower facility to help supply electricity and support rice terraces conservation efforts in Asipulo, Ifugao.
With farming as a main livelihood in the region, JICA provided assistance in irrigation in Ilocos Norte and Cagayan through technical and infrastructure support. Likewise, JICA sent Japanese volunteers in areas like Benguet, Kalinga, and Ifugao to support farming communities in loach farming, sustainable tourism, and vegetable production. JICA also trained young farmers from Ifugao in Japan about sustainable agricultural practices and livelihood to help preserve the world famous rice terraces.
JICA contributed in the areas of health and social services through the construction of the Benguet General Hospital and provided support to mothers and children through the comprehensive maternal and child health care programme in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
Today, many places in Northern Luzon are at a crossroad. They face questions like how will modern changes and urbanization affect the well-being of their people, particularly the young generation.
With influx of tourists, commercial establishments, and other changes in their landscape, the transformation of Northern Luzon could be a signal moment to reflect how JICA projects continue to make an impact in the lives of the people.
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Patapat Viaduct in Ilocos Norte
Loach farming introduced by JICA volunteer in Ifugao
Benguet General Hospital
Safe vegetables farming in Benguet
Maternal and Child Health in Cordillera
Laoag Flood Control