Six high school provincial and city champions competed in this year’s Regional Population Quiz. Baguio City’s Jose Raphael Duran from Baguio City National High School was proclaimed as champion. Coming in second place is Adriel Caye Javier from Marc Ysrael B. Bernos Memorial National High School of La Paz, Abra. In third place is Christine Gano from Tulaed National High School in Mayoyao, Ifugao. It is also notable that the runners up were both former regional champions in the previous years. The champion, together with runners up, received 101 XSX shirts, cash prizes and plaques.

Through the Regional Population Quiz, high school students demonstrate their knowledge about the Philippine Population Management Program, on the three program components and demography concepts. This promotes awareness among the youth, familiarizing them with the issues on population as well as the interplay of elements affecting population. This year is no different as high school students continue to showcase their proficiency in the Population Program.

The Regional Population Quiz is conducted every year as part of the Regional Festival of Talents. The champion qualifies as the representative of the Cordillera Administrative Region to the National Population Quiz of the National Festival of Talents to be held in General Santos City on February 22-26, 2016. For this year, the focus is on the shift from the 2015 Millennium Development Goals to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Population Quiz evolved from a barangay-based activity in support of the radio program Gintong Butil in the late 70s. Through this program, listeners learned about population, family planning and were even encouraged to send their questions. The first PopQuiz was held in 1978 in Tarlac where the representative from Cabanatuan City emerged as the winner. In 1981, the PopQuiz was opened to public and private schools in the country. In the 90s, the PopQuiz was institutionalized under the Population Education Program of the Department of Education, Culture and Sports with support from the Commission on Population.