The issue on the government’s War on Drugs has gripped the country into a complicated, continuous, and critical debate. Our government has taken a strong stand against the sale and use of drugs as it vows to put an end to its proliferation in our communities. Many quarters question the effectivity of the government’s efforts and raise serious concerns on the human rights violations resulting from the methods used in the war on drugs. In this year’s I.D.E.A. (An Invitational for Debate, Essay, and Art), high school students from all over Mindanao join the conversation and bring forward their perspective on how best to address this pressing issue.
I.D.E.A. 2019 is unlike other academic competitions both in scope and impact. It is the biggest and most influential multi-disciplinary inter-school competition in Mindanao with over 200 junior high school students from around 50 public and private schools from the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Bukidnon and the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Cotabato, Iligan, Ozamiz, Tangub, Malaybalay, and Valencia.
The Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro Premier, in cooperation with Acer Philippines and Zion Diagnostics, proudly brings back I.D.E.A. 2019 where the students will compete in 4 scholastic events: Debate, Essay, Editorial Cartoon and Painting. These young minds will grapple with topics which revolve around this year’s theme: “Resolving the Philippines’ War on Drugs” seen in light of the complications of achieving success in abating and controlling drug use.
“We wish to engage young students in Mindanao to think about and have informed opinions on important issues and to realize that they are stakeholders in their own communities,” says RC CDO Premier Past President and Over-all Project Chair Marion Hazel Du. (pr)