UP Tacloban Debater Clinches Best Speaker; Team Secures 2nd Place at Public Health Debates

UP Tacloban Debater Clinches Best Speaker; Team Secures 2nd Place at Public Health Debates

Michael Jay Matol, BS Accountancy 5, was named overall best speaker of the Public Health Debates held at Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City last August 12 to 13, 2018 as part of the highlights of the Ideas Positive Youth Forum (IPYFPH 2018).

Matol and his teammates, Freddie Mark Fallore (BS Accountancy 5) and Chastine Villar (BASS Political Science 4), debaters from the UP Tacloban Debate Society (UPTDS) represented UP Tacloban and reached grand finals where they were awarded second place while the debate team from UP Visayas Iloilo City Campus won first place.

Debate motions centered on issues on public health such as the mandatory public health on college curriculums, basic health infrastructure and medical health research, STD disclosure, “healthy camps”, public medical resources allocation, and the rise of AI in the medical field in the Philippines were among the topics that the participating teams debated on. Teams competed in the Asian Parliamentary format, where two teams composed of three speakers argue and defend their stances.

Hosanna Aliposa (BS Management 4), Leonardo Dimatangal Jr. (BASS Political Science 4), and Jeffrae Albert Isaac Damayo (BS Biology 4) of UPTDS also competed in the said event.

The Public Health Debates served as one of the activities in the IPYFPH 2018, a nationwide event geared at raising the awareness of youth on public health. IPYFPH 2018 was endorsed by the National Youth Commission as part of its simultaneous celebration of the International Youth Day every August 12 of the year. The forum was on its third run, being first launched in 2016 gathering hundreds of youth from all over the country. IPYFPH 2018 was designed to assimilate the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through interactive activities and exhibitions.