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How These Young Teams Saved Countless Filipino Lives

A group of nursing students from West Visayas State University won the first national grand prize winner of Unilab Ideas Positive, a nationwide social marketing competition for college students that enables them to address health and wellness concerns in communities.

Team WayaTeam WAYA was named the winner after successfully bringing down the incidence of diarrheal diseases in Sitio Pang-pang in Dumangas, Iloilo from 75 cases when they started in May 2012 to zero incidence in the first quarter of 2013, after completing the implementation of their social marketing project called “Tahong for Life.”

“Tahong for Life” focused on proper hygiene and sanitation practices for families engaged in “pagtatala” or mussel deshelling, which is the main livelihood of families in the sitio. Mishandling of the mussels was identified as one of the causes of diarrheal diseases in the area.
Not only did the team teach residents proper food handling practices, but they also built four deshelling centers ma…

Unilab Ideas Positive chooses 5 teams from VisMin to transform communities!

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Five youth teams from Visayas-Mindanao have qualified as one of the Top 12 finalists, chosen among 82 entries nationwide, to bring their community-changing ideas to positive realities in this year’s national run of Unilab Ideas Positive— the only social marketing congress and competition for college students in the country today. 

Now on its third year, Unilab Ideas Positive serves as a venue to enable the Filipino youth to improve the health and wellness of their communities with their positive and sustainable ideas.



Each winning team will be rewarded with Php100, 000 seed money to implement their social marketing plans in their chosen communities for the next six months.

But before the project implementation, all 12 youth teams will be flown in to Manila, with free hotel accommodation, meals and transportation, to undergo a 3-day social marketing boot camp on June 21 to 23 at the Unilab Bayanihan Center in Mandaluyong.

The students will learn social marketing approaches through work…

Cebu youth teams present their ideas for healthier communities through Unilab Ideas Positive

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Six youth teams from Cebu pitched their positive ideas for a healthy change in communities in this year’s national run of Unilab Ideas Positive-- the only social marketing congress and competition for college students in the country today. 



Cebu had the most number of youth delegate teams that advanced to the program’s live screening phase—they are now up against 22 other groups from Metro Manila, North & South Luzon and Mindanao for a chance to win P100, 000 seed money for them to jumpstart their projects.

Aside from the funding, the chosen teams will also be flown to Manila this June, with free hotel accommodation, meals and transportation, to attend a 3-day social marketing boot camp.

We believe in the collective power of the youth to be catalysts of positive change in our communities that is why Unilab Ideas Positive came into fruition. The growing number of entries every year prompted us to go nationwide this 2012 and we are immensely humbled by the support our Cebuano youth …

Cleaner World: Positive Change for a Healthier Philippines! Unilab Ideas Positive Campaign Transforms Communities with Youth

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It goes without saying that Philippines has become an epicenter of the harsh effects of Climate Changes. 

From the thousands of lives lost to typhoons and extreme famine, we could never ignore the reality that we need to have sustainable ways of modifying our lifestyle so that we could leave less carbon footprint. One thing we could act now is address our environmental problems in lessening garbage.

Fortunately, our country has been addressing this issue for quite sometime now through proper waste disposal, encouraging zero waste management, recognizing and rewarding green companies, strong info campaign on dealing with waste, effective packaging, and strict implementation of the law.



But as I had a community visit to the Inayawan Landfill in Cebu, I thought to myself, we have to somehow step up our game so that we don’t have to deal with this mountain high wastes and people living around it won’t have to live in such a horrible place. They may look happy and content when we went ther…