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The advent of gaming and interactive applications in mobile phones has revolutionized the transfer of information and other systematic variables concerning the spread of awareness to almost everyone in the world almost nearing light speed.

Free apps have predominantly carried a huge wave of information to all walks of life that own a smartphone and its reach — especially to this new generation — has become prevalent in a society that mostly rely on smartphones for information.

This advantage has been put into good use by Filipinos who are aiming to spread awareness and information in a timely and educational manner, two of which are already being developed to raise the game a notch higher in information dissemination.

The card game “Pawikan Patrol” and mobile app game “Battle in the Blood” are currently being developed to increase the public’s awareness on two different social issues in the country — the environment and health.

These games are no longer simply races for the highest score as they now tell stories and educate about important yet often ignored truths and even advocate positive change in the world which is in line with the objectives outlined in the United Nations’ (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) worldwide to allow inclusive growth among member nations.

The UN-SDG — of which the Daily Tribune is a media partner — targets sustainable and resilient technological advancement in developing countries through enhanced financial, technological and infrastructure support.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the millennium development goals while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption and peace and justice.

The card game “Pawikan Patrol” and mobile app game “Battle in the Blood” are currently being developed to increase the public’s awareness on two different social issues in the country — the environment and health.

The “Pawikan Patrol” mainly focuses on the goal of saving endangered sea turtles (pawikan) and their nests before a poacher can harm them. It involves “sending characters representing different sectors of society to the beach to track the creatures,” clean up garbage and mislead the poacher.

Its game designer, Mykey Cuento, explained that the game’s mechanics simulate the “sea turtle conservation efforts being done in Bataan and La Union where trained volunteers and workers follow the tracks on the sand and carefully sift through it in search of eggs that will be collected and brought to the safety of an enclosed hatchery.”

He also stressed the importance of sea turtles in the ocean environment, saying that they are a keystone species that make fishing and tourism industries possible in coastal areas as they cultivate seagrass and eat sea sponges that damage coral reefs and also consume jellyfish that would otherwise overpopulate the beach.

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