World Food Day activities start in ARMM with mosaic poster making contest

COTABATO CITY, Sept. 29 (PNA) — The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DAF-ARMM) Tuesday started activities related to World Food Day, which is celebrated annually on October 16.

This year’s celebration carries the theme “Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the cycle of rural poverty.”

DAF-ARMM Regional Sec. Makmod Mending Jr. said as an initial activity, the region’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF-ARMM) organized an on-the-spot mosaic poster-making contest held on Monday at the DAF-ARMM regional office in Cotabato City.

Students from four elementary schools from Maguindanao participated in this activity. These are Tenorio Elementary School from Datu Odin Sinsuat bested three other schools namely Datu Pinguiaman Elementary School, Sarmiento Central Elementary School, and Making Elementary School.

Mending said the activity is in collaboration with the region’s Department of Education, and international organizations, specifically the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme.

This year’s grand prize winner Khasmira Tuankali, 11, Grade 6 student of Tenorio Elementary School said she practiced almost everyday before the actual competition and has asked her friends and coach for new ideas and on how to develop her craft.

Tenorio Elementary School has won the championship title since 2013.

Khasmira won PHP3,000 and a medal. She will represent the region in the nationwide poster-making competition on October 16 at the Agriculture department’s national office.

Khasmira’s coach, teacher Lilibeth Gomez, said she has been preparing her student for the national competition already confident she will take the regional crown.

“Winning a national event does not only bring pride to her school but also to the entire region,” Gomez said.

The contenders from ARMM were among the top five winners for two consecutive years since 2013. Kadiguia Abdullah, information office head at DAF-ARMM, said that they are aiming for a three-peat this year.

Winners of the contest were judged based on the following criteria: 20% for originality, 20% for visual impact, 30% for creativity using abundantly produced agri-seeds and aquamarine products, and 30% for theme relevance. ARMM is among the country’s leading producers of crops like cassava, rice, corn and coffee. (PNA)