Joed Barcena of the Marc Ysrael B. Bernos Memorial National High School (MYBMNHS) wins this year’s Regional Population Quiz. The quiz show was held on February 27, 2014 at the Regional Office of Department of Education.

Barcena bested 6 other contestants from the other provinces and city of the Cordillera Administrative Region. The PopQuiz was held in coordination with DepEd’s Regional Festival of Talents.

The Population Quiz (POPQUIZ) is an annual activity of the Commission on Population in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd). The Quiz is an advocacy tool that aids POPCOM and DepEd in promoting and implementing the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program (AHYDP) component of the population program. The AHYDP addresses population and development issues that affect the lives of young people.

The PopQuiz was originally started in the 1970s in Region 3 as a barangay based activity in support of the local radio program called Gintong Butil. The first National PopQuiz was held in 1981.

Barcena is graduating student in MYBMNHS and is currently a scholarship exam passer under the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institution (DOST-SEI). Barcena, as the Regional winner, shall compete in the National Population Quiz and will be facing other regional winners from all over the country. The National PopQuiz shall be held in Subic, Zambales on April 8, 2014.