The BSP-DECS 1st National Oratorical Contest will be held on 26 October 2000 at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to cap this year’s celebration of the National Statistics Month (NSM) with the theme, “Empowering the Filipino Women through Gender Statistics” (Pagbibigay Kapangyarihan sa Kababaihang Pilipina sa Pamamagitan ng Estadistikang Kasarian). This aims to highlight the important role of women in our society through the use of statistics, with an eye to improving policies on gender-related issues towards the ultimate goal of sustainable and balanced economic development.
After a series of elimination rounds at the school, division and regional levels that began in September, the Island Cluster Finals were held simultaneously in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao on 13 October where the nine finalists for the first-ever national contest were chosen.
The finalists are: Ivie D.J. Josue of Holy Spirit Academy of Malolos (Region II), Rozelle Jade Javier of St. Bridget’s College, Batangas City (Region IV), Eden Claire Mines of Cordillera Regional Science High School (CAR), Jochebed Perocho of Manila Science High School (NCR), Rosanne Bautista of Capiz National High School (Region VI), Althea Apostol of Badian National High School, Cebu City (Region VII), Vanessa Vivien Lee of Daniel R. Aguinaldo High School, Davao City (Region XI), Zenias Kintanar of Arturo Eustaquio Memorial Science High School, Zamboanga City (Region IX) and Abegail Faith Noval of Impasugong National High School, Bukidnon (Region X).
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Department of Education, Culture and Sports have been jointly sponsoring the contest for the National Capital Region (NCR) for the past four years. This will be the first time that the contest will be conducted nationwide.
The national winner will take home a prize of P30,000 and a trophy, while the second and third prize winners will receive P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.