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16th BSP-DepEd Oratorical Contest
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Mechanics for the 16th BSP-DepEd Oratorical Contest

28 October 2011
BSP Assembly Hall


  1. Promote and enhance nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics to the different sectors of society; and
  2. Elicit cooperation and support of the general public in upgrading the quality and standards of statistics in the country.

NSM Theme for 2011:
English: "Quality Social Protection Statistics for Focused Targeting: Improving Outcomes, Changing Lives"

Filipino: "Kalidad na Estadistika sa Pangangalagang Panlipunan: Pagpapahusay ng Gawa, Pagpapaunlad ng Buhay"


A.  Qualified Contestants

Any 4th year high school student from any Philippine high school, whether private or public, in the National Capital Region (NCR) duly recognized by the Department of Education (DepEd).

B.  Topic

The topic shall be in line with the objectives and broad theme of NSM. The oratorical piece shall be delivered in Filipino for a time limit of 6 to 8 minutes.

C.  Division of Responsibility

The DepEd, through the DepEd-NCR, shall disseminate the invitation and contest information and guidelines to all public and private secondary schools in the NCR, at least two (2) weeks prior to the deadline of the submission of applications. It shall likewise supervise and coordinate all the related activities in various schools including the selection and distribution of prizes. To ensure a uniform system for choosing the finalists, a DepEd representative from the NCR will attend and monitor the selection process at the division level. The DepEd will provide the BSP with soft and hard copies of the division winning pieces.

The BSP shall coordinate, supervise and manage the NCR finals. In case a finalist cannot make it to the finals due to meritorious reason after the names of the finalists have already been submitted to BSP, the division second placer will replace the said finalist provided that the BSP is informed at least three days before the finals.

D.   Schedule

The parties shall adhere to the following schedule of activities:

Information dissemination through DepEd memo to Division Superintendents
08 August 2011 (Monday)
Deadline of application to join the contest submitted to Division Superintendents
22 August 2011 (Monday)
Division Level Screening
(16 divisions and 1 regional science high school)
on or before 3 October 2011 (Monday)
Submission of winning student's profile forms and winning pieces to the BSP
7 October 2011 (Friday)
Finals at the BSP for the 17 Division Level winners
28 October 2011 (Friday)

E.  Prizes
1.  Winners shall receive the following prizes:
First Prize                      = P 25,000 + trophy; trophy for school
Second Prize                  = P 20,000 + trophy; trophy for school
Third Prize                     = P 15,000 + trophy; trophy for school
Consolation Prizes (14)   = 7,500+plaque
2. Other Incentives:

Trainers of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placers will receive cash prizes equivalent to 30 percent of the prizes of the winners. Trainers of finalists with consolation prizes in the finals will receive p3,000 each. All contestants and trainers for the finals will be given certificates of participation.

3.  Subsidy:
Each of the 16 divisions and 1 regional science high school in the NCR will be given subsidy.
F.  Judges
Judges with varied but relevant expertise and backgrounds (e.g., speech and drama, statistics, education, mass communication, banking and finance) shall select the winners in the division level. For the finals, the BSP and DepEd shall invite three (3) prominent and reputable persons with known expertise in the fields of speech, drama, statistics, education, mass communication and br related disciplines to act as judges. Aside from the three, the BSP and the DepEd shall assign two (2) other judges - one senior official each from the BSP and the DepEd - to represent the respective agencies in the Board of Judges.
The Board of Judges reserves the right not to award prizes if they deem the contestants do not meet the competition standards. The decision of the Board of Judges in all aspects of the competition shall be final.
G.  Criteria for judging
The criteria for judging the contest will be based on substance or content of the piece, delivery, and stage presence. Contestants must strictly observe the time limit of 6 to 8 minutes to avoid penalty deductions from their overall scores.

1. Substance - 50%
This includes:
  • Relevance of Topic To or Focus on the Theme
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Rhetorical Organization
  • Grammar
2. Delivery - 40%
This includes:
  • Quality of voice
  • Diction
  • Fluency/Mastery of the Speech
  • Pronunciation
3. Stage Presence - 10%
This includes:
  • Stage Poise
  • Gestures
  • Appropriate Use of the Stage
4. Time Limit: 6-8 minutes
Each contestants will be given 6-8 minutes to speak. Time starts from the moment the contestants speaks and ends at the time that he/she takes a bow. A contestant whose speech is shorter than the minimum requirement of 6 minutes as well as those who exceeded the maximum of 8 minutes will get a deduction of one (1) point from his/her total score for every minute or a fraction thereof in excess/deficit of the allotted time.
H. Dissemination
The announcement of the oratorical contest will be posted both at the BSP and DepEd websites.

The BSP reserves the right to use the name of the contestants and their entries for free in any broadcast, telecast or print medium. The contestants also grant the organizers the right to circulate the contest pieces as deemed fit.

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