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Council pushes radio broadcasting as tool for children’s participation in dev't undertakings

by PS Mabaquiao

San Jose, Antique (10 October) -- In recognition of children’s rights to participate in development undertakings, the Provincial Communication Task Force of Sixth Country Program for Children will conduct Radio Broadcasting workshop on October 17-18, 2006 to 25 children representatives from ten National High Schools in the province.

Spearheaded by the Provincial Information Office, the workshop will equipp children with knowledge and skills in radio broadcasting as a means to express their views and opinions on matters that affect them.

Radio is considered one of the powerful media that can be used to promote child rights advocacy even in remote and far-flung areas. It can reach big number of people at one time and transmit information with speed/immediacy.

Coordination has been done to a local station in the province who will provide airtime for these children to express their talents and hands on operation of gadgets inside the announcer’s booth, according to Jason Mande of the Provincial Information Office.

Among the topics to be discussed are Introduction to Radio as a medium in transmitting information, radio news, interview, plugs and school on the air which will be discussed by Analinda Santos, Professor from St. Anthony’s College. Eric Otayde, Provincial Information Officer will be the resource speaker on the topic Radio ethics and mass media law while radio production tools and techniques will be given by Laura Estorninos, Broadcaster, station DYKA.

Margie L. Gadian, Manager, Philippine Information Agency will give an orientation on children’s participation through radio broadcasting with Xyra Marie Sanchez of Antique National School, and Virgilio Joseph Sanchez of St. Anthony’s College who were trained by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to promote child participation. They will also serve as speakers in promoting meaningful child participation through child friendly movement.

The activity is a step towards fulfilling the rights of children as embodied in CHILD 21 or the Philippine Plan of Action for Children and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is also in line with the celebration of the children’s month this October with the theme “ Bright child: Yaman ng Pamilya, Yaman ng Bansa”. (PIA) [top]

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