NCCA Gender and Development (GAD) Essay Writing Contest 2015

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09/15/2015 - 12:00pm
09/15/2015 - 11:59pm


In the NCCA Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget 2015, which was approved and endorsed by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), one of the major issues identified was the absence of initiatives to mainstream GAD in the culture and arts sector, primarily caused by lack of campaign materials on GAD. In order to encourage the participation of the cultural workers, artists and cultural organizations in the promotion of gender equality, the NCCA GFPS came up with competitions on short film documentary production, photography and essay writing.



All entries should adhere to the theme,  Filipino Women as Culture Bearers […as nurturers, as healers, as weavers…]


  1. Employees of NCCA, including their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, are disqualified from joining the contests.
  1. The Registration form should be accomplished and sent to NCCA together with the other   (The Registration Form can be downloaded at the NCCA website:
  1. Winners must agree to the disclosure of their identities, announcement to the general public and that entries will be used in any activity, publicity or other media arrangements as deemed appropriate by NCCA.
  1. A distinct panel of judges will be formed to screen, select and declare the winners of the contests. The decision of the judges is final.
  1. Entries may be hand-delivered or sent thru courier delivery services, addressed to:

NCCA Gender Focal Point System Secretariat
c/o Ms. Bibsy Cadiz
NCCA Building, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila 1002

  1. NCCA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any participant and/or to forfeit any prize from a participant who is found or suspected to have committed plagiarism or has undertaken fraudulent practice and/or activities harmful to these contests or the contest submission process.
  1. Failure of an entry to comply with all the requirements shall be sufficient ground for disqualification.


The entries should be submitted to the NCCA GFPS Secretariat within and not later than the said dates:

       Short Film Documentary: August 1 – October 15, 2015

       Photography: August 1 – September 15, 2015

       Essay Writing:  August 1 – September 15, 2015


Winners will be officially notified by the NCCA –GFPS Secretariat and will be invited to Manila, all travel expenses paid by NCCA, to receive their recognition and to attend the public screening and opening of the photo exhibit of the winning entries at the NCCA Building on November 17, 2015.




  1. The contest  is  open  to  young Filipino writers ages 15-25 years old.  
  1. The essay must be original.

2.1  It must not have been included as an entry in any government–sponsored/administered essay writing contest.

2.2  It must not have been published in any medium, either in printed material or posted in websites.

2.3  Any form of plagiarism will result in the disqualification of an entry.  Hence, all quotes and references throughout the essay must be properly cited and clearly marked.

  1. Entries may be written in English or in Filipino, not exceeding 900 words.
  1. Entries must be written on an A4 size document, double-spaced, using Arial font type, size 12 and may be submitted either in printed or electronic form. Top/bottom/left/right margins must be one (1) i
  1. All printed entries including the entry forms must be placed inside a long size, white letter envelope.
  1. Electronic entries shall be in portable data format (PDF), sent through and  shall  be  acknowledged   upon  receipt.  The  NCCA-GAD assumes no responsibility for the loss or delay of or incomplete entries due to technical malfunction of server, traffic congestion on the net or a combination thereof.
  1. The title of the essay and the name of the writer/contestant must be indicated at the top left- hand corner and the pagination must appear at the bottom right-hand corner of each page.
  1. Only one entry per person is allowed.


Criteria for Judging:

Appropriateness to Theme – 40%

         [blend of ideas is consistent and relevant to the theme]

Originality and Creativity  – 30%

         [conveys uniqueness of its contents and components]

Style and Organization – 15%

 [Ideas are presented in a logical manner or way that is easy to


 Language Proficiency  – 15%

[Language must be clear, coherent and gender-fair] – 15%



Luzon Winner – Php15,000.00

Visayas Winner –Php15,000.00

Mindanao Winner–Php15,000.00

NCR Winner–Php15,000.00

Should you need further clarification or assistance, you may call Ms. Bibsy Cadiz, GFPS-TWG Head at tel. nos. (02) 527-2192 local 506, 0998-9664960 or through email at

Download the complete contest guidelines
Download the registration form