POPCOM VI translates youth advocacy to film making
To adapt with the lifestyle and needs of the new generation otherwise known as the Millennials, the Commission on Population- Region VI conducted the 2016 Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Film Festival with the theme “Kabataan, Kalusugan, Kalikasan: Magka-ugnay”. The main objective of this activity is to raise young people’s awareness on Population-Health-Environment inter-relationship through film-making.
The recent result of the Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS 4) revealed that young people in Western Visayas are digitally-wired, meaning they are using and have more access to the new media when it comes to entertainment and even in getting information. This is the reason why POPCOM through its AHYD Program ventured into film making as an avenue for young people to be more conscious of the current issues and concerns they are facing, at the same time an avenue to express their ideas and as partners of the advocacy campaign.
There were seven (7) teams from Panay and Guimaras which participated in the film festival. The teams were from the different secondary schools and recommended by the Provincial and City Population Offices and the Local Government Unit to represent their respective locality. Each team was composed of student director and student scriptwriter together with their coach and AHYD Focal Persons. Prior to the production of the film, POPCOM VI conducted a Film Making Workshop and Orientation on Population-Health-Environment (PHE) Integration.
“AngGulo” of Iloilo City National High School bested other six entries followed by “Patente” of Antique National School and “Uring” of Passi National High School. Other entries were “Akoanabala” from Iloilo Province, “Dream House” from Capiz, “Mulat” from Guimaras, and “Sa Puso ng Basura” of Aklan. These films were able to portray the interrelatedness of population, health, and environment and how it affects people’s lives and how young people play a vital role in answering different population-related issues.
The “Anggulo“ team from Iloilo City National High School is composed of Alexerna M. Vinson as director, Christina D. Apines as script writer, and Ms. Cyril Dagoco Rayos as their coach. The team is supported by the Iloilo City Government through the City Population Office headed by Ms. Mary Ann Ramos. The team will also receive PhP 30,000.00 as cash prize and Plaque of Recognition from POPCOM VI. On the other hand, Antique will receive PhP 15,000.00 while Passi City will receive PhP 10,000.00 with Plaque of Recognition each.
“The films will be used by POPCOM Region VI as an advocacy tool in the promotion and improvement of the total well-being of the young people,” explained Mr. Harold Alfred P. Marshall, POPCOM VI Regional Dirctor.
“Anggulo” will be the official entry of POPCOM-Region VI and will compete with other regions in the National Adolescent Health and Development Program Film Festival which will be held in Manila in the 1st week of December.