The City Government of Davao through the City Agriculture Office conducted the Inter-District 4H Club Parol Making Contest last December 2021. It was participated by the 4H Club Federations from the six Agricultural Districts of Davao City. Parol preparation started from December 3, 2021 and the judging of the output was conducted on December 20, 2021. Winners were announced on January 25, 2022 during the ExeCom Meeting of the City Agriculturist’s Office led by the OIC, Mr. Leo Brian D. Leuterio.
The Baguio District bagged the 1st Place, followed by Tugbok District, 2nd Place, and Toril District garnered the 3rd Place. The prizes for the winners were PhP 20,000.00, PhP 15, 000.00 and PhP 10,000.00 respectively. The Marilog, AgBuhBun, and Calinan Districts received the consolation prize of PhP 5,000.00.
The 4H Club of the Philippines is one of the Rural Based Organizations recognized by the Philippine Government through the Department of Agriculture and is assisted, organized and implemented by its local counterpart, the City Agriculture Office. Since the COVID-19 pandemic caused so much division and necessary isolation, the Davao City Agriculture Office initiated the Inter-District 4H Club Parol Making Contest which aimed to engage farm youth in an activity that promotes hope and resilience and unite in the common goal of spreading the message of theParol, or Christmas Star, which symbolizes hope in this time of uncertainties. The Parols were made of indigenous materials that highlighted the districts’ commodities such as corn, rice, peanut, adlai, and mongo seeds, cacao leaves, coconut products, abaca fibers, as well as recycled materials like egg trays, plastic bottles, clean face masks and face shields. Lightings were also added to enhance the visual effects of the Parol.
The youth may continue the tradition to display Parols during Christmas Season as a symbol of unity, inspires feelings of goodwill, peace, hope, and love among family members, friends, neighbors, and the entire community.