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Press Release

July 2, 2018

Last call for entries for JICA poster making competition for students in Northern Luzon

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) poster making competition for Grades 7-12 in Northern Luzon is an opportunity for young people to express their thoughts on their future and the impact of change around them in their lives through arts.

JICA is calling for entries for its first poster making competition with the theme "Change Around Us" in time for the Japan-Philippines Friendship Month celebration this July. Entries may still be submitted to JICA until 16 July 2018.

The winning entries depicting the impact of JICA's development cooperation activities in the Philippines to the wellbeing of the people in Northern Luzon will be displayed at the JICA exhibit at the Baguio Museum at this year's Tanabata Festival Week commemorating the friendship between Japan and the Philippines.

Since the 1960s, JICA has been supporting inclusive development in the Philippines, including places like 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 also built disaster prevention measures through flood control structures along the Laoag River basin. The Japanese aid agency likewise built a mini hydropower facility to help supply electricity and support rice terraces conservation efforts in Asipulo, Ifugao.

In agriculture, JICA provided irrigation support in Ilocos Norte and Cagayan through technical and infrastructure support. JICA also sent Japanese volunteers in areas like Benguet, Kalinga, and Ifugao to support farming communities in loach farming, sustainable tourism, and vegetable production.

In health and social services, JICA supported 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.

Now at the cusp of urbanization, rising population, and new growth opportunities, the students can reflect on JICA's project impact their lives and promote the people's wellbeing.

Guidelines on the poster making competition are available in our website:

And in our Facebook page:

Top 3 entries will be declared winners, and the school with the most number of entries will receive a special prize.



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