ILO-PH wins Earth Camp photo contest in Japan

Published February 1, 2021, 5:53 PM

by Roy Mabasa

The Philippine office of the International Labor Organization (ILO) was proclaimed as the winner in the just-concluded Earth Camp photo contest held in Japan, besting 42 other entries from around the world. 
In an announcement, the Japanese Embassy in Manila said the winning photo from the ILO-Philippines is a snapshot of the ILO-Japan Water and Sanitation Project in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), showing two young boys while enjoying the seamless flow of potable water from two faucets at a local school campus in South Upi. 
It describes the photo as a “message of hope,” adding that communities now have their water system amid the COVID-19, poverty, climate change and conflict. “It shows how decent work can contribute to fulfill basic human rights in fragile communities and build peace.” 
Khalid Hassan, ILO Philippines country director, said the recognition inspires them to do more and be better as they continue to promote decent work and provide access to safe water to more vulnerable people.
In November 2020, the Japanese government and the ILO turned over a Level II Water System to the Timanan Central Elementary School (TCES) in South Upi, an initiative targeting some 11,814 household beneficiaries in the Bangsamoro region
On the other hand, the photo contest is one of the activities of Earth Camp, a five-month international cooperation campaign of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the International Cooperation NGO Center (JANIC). It will end on March 31, 2021.
The ILO Philippines’ winning photo will be exhibited online, and will be published in the ‘White Paper on Development Cooperation.