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Hazel Daleon, Caraga Search for Exemplary Child winner, thanks his father during her response after being awarded as the champion of the contest.

Butuan City – Hazel Daleon, 11 year-old and child-beneficiary of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Jabonga, Agusan del Norte, claimed the title for the Exemplary Child 2015 during the conducted search on August 21, 2015 held at Almont Hotel’s Inland Resort, Butuan City.

Also awarded best in interview, Daleon bested nine (9) other contenders from the five (5) provinces in the region who presented different talents during the search and answered questions during the interview portion.

Included in the top five (5) competitors are Janna Grace Ambus of Surigao del Sur (1st runner up), Aira Sol Maraunay of Agusan del Norte (2nd runner up), Mike Ferol of Province of Dinagat Islands (3rd runner up), and Meriam Vicente of  Agusan del Sur (4th runner up).

Other contestants of the Search are Maricar Moralda, Dona Jeva Estoque, Janna Grace Ambus, and Diane Domas-as.

Special awards were given to Cylas Dela Cruz for best in talent and production number and to Janna Grace Ambus for being the darling of the crowd.

All the participants received certificates of participation and school supplies amounting to Php500.00 while the top three (3) winners got plaques of recognition.

Opened to all Pantawid Pamilya children-beneficiaries whose age is from 10 to 13 by September 2015, the said search is participated by participants who passed the set qualities required which are the following: academic excellence in learning areas in the curriculum, active in co/extra-curricular/community activities, talented, with good moral character and have no indicator of behaviour problems, aware of good nutrition and eats nutritious food, conversant on the conditionalities of the program, able to advocate the thrusts  of the Kaya Ko ang Pagbabago campaign, and shows gender sensitivity.

Each province in the region sent two (2) winners who competed and comprised the ten (10) competing exemplary children at the regional level.

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Assistant Regional Director for Operations Mita G. Lim (in black dress) personally hands the plaque of recognition to Hazel during the awarding ceremony. Assisting her is Joven Santiago (in white polo) of the Pantawid Pamilya National Program Management Office who served as one of the judges. Also in the photo is Analiza Navia (in maroon blouse), OIC Regional Program Coordinator.

Assistant Regional Director for Operations Mita G. Lim said in her message that the search aims to recognize exemplary Pantawid Pamilya children who serve as excellent examples in their households, schools, and communities and also to encourage them to be active citizens by complying with the conditions of the program.

“We hope that these exemplary children will continue to perform well in their studies so that they will be good examples to their classmates, families, and communities, most especially to those who are their fellow children-beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya,” added Lim.

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, as a human development program of the Philippine government, invests in health and education of Filipino children belonging to poor households. On its sixth year of implementation, the program expanded its coverage to children up to 18 years of age in order to further pursue the rights of the children and enable the program to contribute to ending the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

“Tana magpadayon pa jud ning programa nga Pantawid aron mas daghan pa nga mga bata nga pobre ang matabangan nga maka-eskwela (I hope that the Pantawid program will be continued so that more poor children will be helped in schooling),” says Hazel during her response message after receiving the accolade. ###(Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)