The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), will hold the 23rd BSP-DepEd Annual Oratorical Contest on 29 October 2018, 1:00 p.m., at the BSP Assembly Hall. The contest will also serve as the culminating event for the 29th National Statistics Month (NSM) celebration.

For more than two decades, the oratorical contest has served as an effective platform for instilling awareness and appreciation of statistics among the different sectors of society, as well as in enjoining the public to support activities aimed at improving the quality of statistics in the country.

In this year's event, sixteen 10th grade students, representing the 16 divisions in the National Capital Region (NCR), will compete in the oratorical contest finals. Their oratorical pieces, which are to be delivered in Filipino, will highlight the importance of statistics in developing responsible, viable and inclusive tourism policies, in line with this year's theme, Exploring Philippine Wonders in Numbers: Statistics Towards Sustainable Tourism Development (Pagtuklas sa Ganda ng Pilipinas sa Pamamagitan ng Numero: Estadistika Para sa Likas-Kayang Pag-unlad ng Turismo).

The first place winner of the oratorical contest will receive a cash prize of P25,000, while the second and third place winners will be given P20,000 and P15,000, respectively. Trainers of the first, second and third place winners will be given cash awards as well. The three (3) winners and their schools will be awarded trophies, which are designed by notable currency and medallic illustrator, Mr. Rymer Gengoni. Plaques of appreciation will also be given to all finalists and their trainees.

Source: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)