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Plan Int'l launches videos made by children in South Leyte media event

Tacloban City (July 26) -- Several Filipino children aged 9 to 15 from various marginalized communities which are being served by Plan International, will showcase their video and photographic productions tonight at the Liloan Gym in South Leyte.

Mr. Totch dela Cruz of Plan International said that the media event is meant not only to showcase the kids' skills but also to show their respective communities that children can be harnessed in development efforts.

The kids who come from Camotes Island in Cebu, Samar, Northern Samar and Southern Leyte, were trained by Anak TV, a Plan International partner, in aspects related to media literacy and production such as digital photography, camera work, video production, scoring and basic editing.

An exhibit will be mounted to feature the best photographs that evoke children's views about the world around them. MTVs will be played to express children's insights about being kids.

Thirty minute video public service announcements (PSAs) will cap the presentation. The brief public service announcements cover a wide range of topics, mostly social. Among them are child abuse, child labor, poverty, garbage, environmental degradation, gambling, the need to conserve coastal resources and many others.

The works of the kids were previewed recently by executives from ABS-CBN, RPN, IBC,UNTV and GMA, all of who expressed interest in them and suggested that the best ones be broadcast nationally.

Plan International is a global NGO that is in the forefront of child protection. On the other hand, Anak TV is the advocacy arm of all TV networks operating in the Philippines and crusades for responsible viewership and media literacy. (PIA 8/Plan International and Anak TV) [top]

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