The best senior high school orators of the National Capital Region will compete in the seventh annual oratorical contest sponsored by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Education (DepEd) on October 29, 2003 at 8:30 a.m. on the 11th Floor of the Multi-Storey Building of BSP in Manila. The contest, which aims to increase awareness of the importance of statistics to various sectors of society and gain public support in improving the quality of statistics, is part of the celebration of the 14th National Statistics Month this October.
This year's theme, "Sustaining Tourism's Competitive Edge through Statistics" focuses on the growing need for statistical information on the nature, progress, and economic impact of tourism, a major contributor to the generation of foreign exchange earnings, investments, and revenues.
Fourteen division winners and one regional winner will meet for the finals. The criteria for judging include contents, delivery and audience impact. The judges are expected to come from BSP, DepEd, the academe and the media.
The first prize winner will receive P20,000, while the second and third prize winners will get P15,000 and P10,000, respectively. Trophies will be awarded to all the winners and their schools.
Last year's winners were Rey Martin Palisoc of Caloocan City High School (1st prize), Henry Enaje of Jose Abad Santos High School (2nd prize), and Ferdinand Quicho of Quezon City High School (3rd prize).