From Positive Ideas to Ideas Positive
This is the transcript of my SMR for Ideas Positive if you’ll have trouble reading from the JPEG.
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Action comes from good ideas. Good ideas come from positive thinking and positive ideas.
This is the challenge of Unilab’s Ideas Positive Youth Camp. The program’s goal is to encourage the youth to think of innovative and sustainable projects that will help address environmental, economic, health, and social problems and issues in their chosen communities and barangays. Unilab invited students from colleges and universities inside and outside the Metro to not only showcase their ideas and skills but also imbibe the spirit of Bayanihan by joining the Ideas Positive competition for best project plan.
The participants were asked to submit video presentations of their projects to the Ideas Positive website. Voting for the best video was opened on the program’s Facebook page. The Top 5 teams will be in contention for the top prizes. Winners will receive seed money and support for the implementation of their projects.
Among the 21 teams who joined, the top 5 entries presented and defended their plans on the final day of the Ideas Positive Youth Camp last September 25, 2010 at the Unilab Bayanihan Center, Mandaluyong City.
A distinguished panel of judges composed of Dr Oscar Tinio from the PMA, Dr Nina Gloriani, Dean, CPH UPM, Dr Ed Morato from the ABS CBN Bayan Foundation, Hapinoy’s Mark Ruiz, Ogilvy and Mather’s Randy Aquino, and Bert Manlapit from Unilab decided on the best entry.
Up for grabs are the following prizes:
3rd place: P50,000 seed money, and iPod shuffles for each member
2nd place: P50,000 seed money, and iPod shuffles for each member
1st place: P100,000 seed money, iPod shuffles for each member, trip to Boracay
Below are the 5 finalists and a brief description of their project plans:
Team Pet Society aimed to address water shortage by proposing a method for conserving water. The group proposed that the community be provided with PET bottles filled with stones and pebbles that will be placed inside toilets to have a lesser amount of water for flushing. Pet Society chose Brgy. Sauyo, Quezon City as their community where water shortage is definitely an issue.
Team SERVE wanted to help Brgy. Maragondon, Cavite in its health problems. The team proposed to provide a “water ambulance” or a motorized banca dedicated solely for medical emergencies, since the barangay is located on an island off the coast of Cavite. Aside form the banca, the team also proposed the construction of a pharmacy which will provide low-cost but high-quality medicines.
Team UB and G’s battle cry was “May Papel Ako!” In line with this statement, the gropu proposed a paper-charcoal production facility in their target community. Aside from using the charcoal for the barangay’s cooking needs, the people can sell their product to generate income and ensure sustainability for the project.
Team Biggkas’ goal is to put up a garden where fast-growing vegetables (Pechay, Carrots, etc) can grow easily even in a small area. Produce will be used for feeding programs in the barangay’s elementary school and part will be sold to other customers to be able to sustain the project.
Team CPLH proposed a plan that consisted of different stages and phases where their plan for Dengue prevention and social marketing stand in tandem with each other. Brgy. Commonwealth will be the beneficiary of this project, since it is one community where numerous dengue cases were reported.
At the end of a series of tough questions (or tough love as one judge put it), 3rd place went to CPLH from the University of Santo Tomas and 2nd place to UB & H from UP Diliman. The team who placed first and who will put their Ideas Positive into Actions Positive is Team Biggkas from the University of Asia and the Pacific.
After 2 months of preparation, research, immersion, and hard work, 21 teams and finally, the 5 finalists showed that anyone can be infected with the Bayanihan spirit and that indeed, Ideas Positive can most definitely turn into Actions Positive.
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