DAGUPAN CITY, Dec. 15 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH) in the Ilocos conducted a contest on alternative means to make noise during the new year revelry in pursuit of its campaign against firecrackers.
Dubbed as alternative 'paingay', the contest was open to all Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) members with at least two SK members per group.
Dr. Valeriano Jesus Lopez, regional director of the DOH-Center for Health Development in the region, said the activity is part of the 'Iwas Paputok' campaign where the instruments were judged according to the contestants' use of indigenous materials, the instrument's sound effect or loudness and originality.
Some 26 groups joined the contest and played their 'paingay' instrument for at least 30 seconds at the Special Program for the Arts building of the Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS)
Winning first place is the group from Brgy. Caranglaan while the representatives from the DCNHS and Brgy. Pantal emerged as second and third place, respectively.
Aside from the 'paingay' activity, a jingle-making contest was also held which was open to Junior High School students of Dagupan City with at least 10 members.
"The jingle-making entries highlighted the conduct of community fireworks display to minimize the risk of injuries and casualties and the roles of DOH, Department of Education, the police, firemen, and local government units in promoting healthy environment in celebrating the yuletide season," Health Education Promotions Officer Dave Mallari of DOH explained.
The DCNHS group emerged champion in the jingle-making contest with their rendition of 'Tunog ng Pinoy sa Bagong Taon' followed by the East Central Integrated School in second place with the piece 'Iwas Paputok, Fireworks Display ang Patok' and; the Bonuan Boquig National High School came in third with their jingle 'Umiwas sa Paputok'.
A poster-making contest for elementary students was simultaneously conducted where Manuel Jovan Riola of Caranglaan Elementary School bested 34 other contestants. Derene Salazar of Lucao Elementary School came in second while third place went to Harlez Uno Macaraeag of West Central Elementary School. (JCR/JND/VHS/PIA-1)