NEDA-Caraga in partnership with CHED-Caraga mounted the second version of AmBisyon Natin 2040 Knowledge Olympics on October 27, 2016 at NEDA-Caraga Conference Hall, Butuan City.

Forty-eight college students from 11 public and private higher education institutions (HEI) in the region participated in the event. Prior to the contests, students were oriented on various topics such as the rationale of the AmBisyon Natin 2040, its relation to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGS,  the results of the survey conducted on Ambisyon Natin 2040, and the roles and functions of the National Economic and Development Authority and the Regional Development Council in national and regional development.

Afterwards, the students participated in three different contests – slogan-making contest, pitch a brilliant idea contest, and quiz bowl – to test their understanding of the subject matters discussed.

For the slogan-making contest, the Philippine Normal University Mindanao won the first prize for “Transforming the Philippines, living the Filipino dream.” STI College Surigao won second prize for “Achieving every Filipino’s vision, sustaining the momentum towards building a better nation.” De La Salle John Bosco College won third prize for “We shape our destiny: Seize endless opportunities.”

For the pitch a brilliant idea contest, Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology, Agusan del Sur College Inc, and Father Saturnino Urios University won the first, second, and third prizes, respectively.

AMA Computer Learning Center of Butuan bagged the first prize for the quiz bowl while De La Salle John Bosco College and Agusan del Sur College Inc followed as second and third prize winners, respectively.

Other participating HEIs were Saint Joseph Institute of Technology, Mt. Carmel College of San Francisco Inc, Caraga State University Cabadbaran Campus, and Northern Mindanao Colleges Inc.