ESSU wins over
LNU in the DILG-8 Federalism Debates
April 26, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – A
team from Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) bested their
counterparts from the Leyte Normal University (LNU) in the
championship match of the Intercollegiate Federalism Debates led by
the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on April
24, 2018 at the DILG-8 Regional Training Center, Tacloban City.
DILG Regional Director
Marivel C. Sacendoncillo bared that ESSU’s Jeric Ueno Montes also
won as Best Debater and Best Speaker. Aside from Montes, other team
members were Wences Alfon Café as first speaker, Joseph Jay Ayon as
second speaker and Christian Daniel Campomanes as Researcher, with
Ma. Teresita Quillo and Minerva Acedillo as coaches.
LNU which was tasked with
the affirmative side of the proposition, “Resolved that the country
shall adopt a federal form of government”, was represented by
Raymond Enriquez (1st Speaker), Larry Mark Orbong (2nd Speaker), Kay
Ann Torre (3rd Speaker) and Ave Maria Elizabeth Nacman as Researcher
with Charles Abanilla and Ara Joy Pacoma as coaches.
The Integrated Bar of the
Philippines (IBP) Leyte Chapter led by Atty. Leo Giron as program
partner brought in its big guns, with Judge Tarcelo A. Sabarre Jr.
(Regional Trial Court Branch 30), Judge Wenifredo C. Cuaton (RTC
Branch 11) and Judge Mario O. Quinit (RTC Branch 17) as adjudicators
for the championship.
According to Director
Sacendoncillo, the Tacloban leg of the debate series was broadcast
live over DYVL AksyonRadyo 819 KHz and streamed live over DILG
Region 8 Facebook Page. A delayed broadcast is set for showing over
IBC 6 Leyte. The championship culminated a series of 10 provincial
elimination matches, 4 quarterfinals matches and 2 semifinal matches
that were joined by some of the biggest colleges and universities in
The champion team received
a plaque, medals, certificates and P20,000 cash, while the 1st
runner-up team likewise received a plaque, medals, certificates and
P10,000 cash. A plaque of appreciation was presented to IBP-Leyte
chapter as program partner. Certificates of appreciation were
presented to DYVL and Prof. Arvin de Veyra, the moderator.
Meanwhile each team of
semifinalists from Visayas State University (VSU) and Samar College
(SC) was awarded medals, certificates, and P5,000 cash prizes during
the previous day’s awarding rites. The debate series was made
possible through the support of the DILG Central Office and DILG
Local Government Academy.
DILG initiated the
collegiate debate championship as part of its information and
education campaign on federalism. It aimed to explain the concept of
federalism and related issues on constitutional change among young
people who compose majority of voters.