Letter writing is still believed to be an indispensable tool in developing love, friendship and a strong bondage of family ties.
The Philippine Postal Corporation and the Universal Postal Union based in Berne, Switzerland have launched the 38th International Letter Writing Competition for young people to promote better understanding around the world through the post office.
The competition will focus on the theme “Write a letter to someone to explain how decent working conditions can lead to a better life.”
Decent work means eliminating child and forced labour, bringing down the barriers of inequality, and preventing dangers at work; it means fostering an environment where people work in dignity, and earn enough to feed their families, educate their children and save for retirement. Learn more about decent work by viewing a short animated presentation available at www.ilo.org/public/english/dw/index.html or www.ilo.org/manila. The presentation can be viewed in 25 languages.
The 1st prize winning entry on the national level will automatically qualify for the UPU international letter writing competition to be held in Switzerland. The theme was chosen in coordination with the International Labour Organization, which is currently launching a worldwide campaign on the importance of decent work.
Students or out-of-school youth who are citizens of the Philippines and not more than 15 years old are qualified to join the contest. The compositions must be recent and must be in the form of a letter (must include the address of the recipient and sender as well as a proper signature ending). It should be written in English - between 500 to 1,000 words long, handwritten or typewritten. On a separate sheet of paper, the participant must indicate the number of words of the letter, complete name and address, gender of candidate, age and birth, 2x2 coloured ID picture, name of school and address, grade level, and contact numbers. Compositions should refrain from promoting anypolitical or religious opinions, strictly following the set theme.
The first prize winner will receive P15,000; second prize, P10,000; third prize, P5,000 plus other recognitions.
The competition is also a way of making young people aware of the important role that the service plays in our societies, to foster attention for writing letters even though other means of modern communication exists, such as mobile phonesand the Internet.
Send your entries to Ms. Joy E. Cacho or Ms. Annadel S. Bangalisan, PhilPost Marketing, 3/F Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost)Liwasang Bonifacio 1000 Manila or call +63 (2) 527 0059 / 527 0108 / 5248771. Each entry must be sent either through Domestic Express MailService (DEMS) or Registered Mail. Deadline for submission of entriesis on 28 February 2009.