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PIA Press Release
2007/09/26

Capiz IOs attend training on media techniques, communication

ROXAS CITY (26 September) -- Twelve delegates including Information Officers of local government units and government agencies in Capiz attended the Training-Workshop on Media Techniques and Community Communications organized by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Area Management Office VI, September 17-19 in Iloilo City.

The delegates from here were the following: Edward Basilonia, head of the Governor's Press Bureau; Edmund De Asis, consultant to the Governor's Press Bureau; Norma Chavez, Jamindan; Loida Borbon, Cuartero; Ruby Martino, Dumarao; Neniel Aranas, Panitan; Lani Arnz Caberte, Sapian; Andy Laurilla, Philippine Coconut Authority; Mary Jane Amigo, PHILHEALTH; Ken Quennie Cuņada, Department of Trade and Industry; Engr. Julieta Gallardo, National Irrigation Administration; and, Jaime Cabag, Jr., Philippine Information Agency.

The were among 73 government information officers from Western Visayas who underwent the training that was designed to provide the participants with basic skills and updates on trends in journalistic writing, background on communication theories, working knowledge and skills on radio/TV broadcasting and principles of networking and alliance building.

Likewise, twelve school paper advisers from the province also attended the Journalistic Writing and Campus Paper Management Seminar Workshop that was held back-to-back with the training for IOs in a single venue.

They were: Glenda Faenag, Concepcion Castro Garcia National High School of Dumalag; Mary Gretchel Montorio, Fatima Escutin, Liezyl Potato and Mary Grace Ballinas, all of Jagnaya National High School of Jamindan; Anna Clarissa Gonzales, Dumalag Central National High School; Hazel Duce, Capiz State University; Elnie Templa, Saint Mary's Academy; Ernesto Fulgencio, Jr., Vicente Andaya, Sr. National High School of Sigma; Mary Ann Bartonico, Cuartero National High School; Vivian Doromal, Jamindan National High School; and, Ma. Sarah Carmelo, Cabugcabug National High School of Pres. Roxas.

PIA Assistant Director General for the Visayas lawyer Ma. Janet C. Mesa said that like the IOs training the campus paper advisers' seminar workshop aimed at equipping the participants with basic skills and updates on trends in journalistic writing.

Also, the latter training sought to provide the advisers with working knowledge and skills on campus paper management based on the Campus Journalism Act, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 7079 and develop confidence and competence to apply the principles of campus journalism and journalistic writing techniques.

Both ways, the trainings were also conceived to develop fellowship among the participants and motivate them to become a cohesive advocacy group for responsive and pro-active government information and responsible campus journalism, respectively.

Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog was the keynote speaker at the opening of the training for IOs. ABS-CBN Iloilo news anchor lawyer Jobert Peņaflorida gave the keynote speech to the school paper advisers. (PIA) [top]

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