Unilab continues transforming the Philippines into a healthier and wealthier country. With a mission to help empower the Filipino youth in bringing health solutions to their own barangays, Unilab created Ideas Positive. Ideas Positive is the only social marketing congress in the country, which seeks to educate young people to utilize the internet for worthwhile projects. On its third year, 12 finalist teams were already chosen from 82 entries nationwide.

Let’s take a look at the seven teams that were chosen from Luzon. The ideas are not just positive; these are practical and inspiring. 

1.    Belat Bulate: addresses intestinal worm infections among school children in Barangay Tadiangan in Tuba, Benguet. For sure, this good news has inspired Mayor Florencio Bentrez  more to work harder for the people of Tuba!

2.    Platong Makululay Para sa Batang Matibay: deals with the use of Nutri-Plates as guide for mothers in Barangay San Vicente in feeding their babies.  We for the fact that every mother needs proper guidance in breastfeeding. Kudos to the team!

3.    60 Piso Tungo sa Malusog na Pagbabago: focuses on helping mothers in Barangay Payatas fight malnutrition through a P60 meal budget. That would be tough! It seems this falls down on budgeting!

4.    Kalampag Para sa Calumpang: An Awareness Campaign to Save Calumpang River: seeks to rehabilitate the Calumpang River. I hope some other organizations will come out to help the kids in implementing this project.

5.    Agos Ilog: Isang Panata Para sa Malinis Na Tubig: proposes clean-up seminars and development of bamboo-built filtering trap a river in Barangay Anabu in Cavite. This is a hit for me! Bamboo-built-filtering trap is very intriguing. I am looking forward in seeing the products of this project. 

6. Project BRAVE (Badjaos: More Responsible, Active, Visionary, and Environmentally-Friendly): aims to mobilize the Badjao people to put up a multi-purpose cooperative. I find this cause very practical. Let’s just hope this team will win. I hope corporate foundations will hear about this cause and help the kids with this cause. For me, every community needs a multi-purpose cooperative. 

7.    Sama-sama Tayo Para Kay Nanay at Beybi: recommends the improvement of health strategies for Muslim Maranao settlers in Daet, Camarines Norte. Nice project! It is a package of good news to both Mommy and her baby!

Each winning team will fly to Manila for a boot camp inside the Unilab Bayanihan Center in Mandaluyong City. The teams will have seminars from social media experts, from June 21 to 23. Each of the teams will win P100,000 as a seed budget to realize their projects.

“From nutrition drives to river stewardshipcampaigns, we are impressed by the quality of ideas presented by the Luzon youth and proud of how these teams have embodied the bayanihan spirit in involving the right stakeholders and institutions within their campaigns,” said Unilab Ideas Positive program lead Barry Barrientos. “We look forward to seeing these teams undergo the 3-day boot camp to prepare their plans for community implementation.”

If we like to know more about this very noble cause, let’s visit www.unilabideaspositive.com. I give my all-out support to these projects. I give my all-out support to Unilab for spearheading this competition. As TV Patrol Weekend orates "Pilipinas, Umasensa Ka".