TABUK CITY, Kalinga – On December 14–17 this year, the 69th Farm Youth (4-H) National Convention was held at the Agricultural Training Institute Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City, where Giovanni M. Addatu, a member and current officer of 4-H Club Nambucayan of this city won third place.
In the Equality and Inclusivity (Heart) category of the Convention’s National Excellent Achievers Award (NEAA), he competed against other contestants from various parts of the country.
On December 7, he participated in an interview and defended his presentation in front of a select panel of judges from other institutions.
His participation in the 4-H National Excellent Achievers Awards (4-H NEAA) is his second; he finished in second place in the Agri-industry and Innovation (Head) Category last year. Additionally, he received a grant from the Cordillera region’s Young Farmer Challenge Kabataang Agribiz last year. He landed second place in a regional impromptu speech competition initiated by the Agricultural Training Institute of the Department of Agriculture office in the Cordillera (DA-CAR ATI). He also garnered third place for the pre qualifying speech contest last March 25, 2022.
According to Addatu, the 4-H Club has a good influence on the community in the area of health by carrying out a number of programs that promote inclusivity and equality.
He continued by saying that initiatives like clean and green, information drives, and agricultural-related activities carried out in their barangay in collaboration with members of the local community and various agencies had an impact on the national competition.
He is set to receive a reward from the ATI that includes cash, plaque of recognition and a certificate.
He encourages young people in the city to join organizations like the 4-H Club that can help them spread their message, provide information, and provide services with the aim of inspiring young people on farms to learn new things, acquire new skills, develop desirable values and positive attitudes, and have higher aspirations to become better people.
He likewise expressed his gratitude to the City Government of Tabuk, under the leadership of Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero, for its unwavering support throughout the competition, ATI-CAR focal person Veronica Siloy and the assistance and direction of the 4 H focal point Noriebelle Salibad, OIC City Agriculturist Lim Docyugen, OIC Assistant City Agriculturist Engr. Elsie Edduba and the Tabuk City 4 H Club Federation, where he currently serves as an officer. By Ian Addatu