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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DAR-ARMM IOs, techies undergo intensive training on journalism, website development

By Rene V. Carbayas

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – Information officers (IOs) and information technology officers (ITOs) of the five provinces under the Department of Agrarian Reform-ARMM underwent intensive training on journalism and website development for better communications work ahead. Techies

Ma. Corazon A. Dans, newly appointed head of DAR-ARMM communications group said that the freshly organized team would be facing some challenges ahead in terms of making communication work more effective and efficient to DAR’s beneficiaries.

She said that most of the IOs and ITOs were just appointed in January this year and she felt the need to prepare the team for greater tasks ahead.

In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Zamboanga City and Basilan and the Office of the ARMM Regional Governor (ORG), DAR-ARMM hosted the seminar on newswriting and website development for IOs and ITOs from February 16 to 21 at Cecille’s Catering and Pension House, Tumaga Porcentro, Zamboanga City.

The first three days were devoted to journalism where PIA personnel introduced participants to write straight news and feature stories, photojournalism, creating infographics and basic newsletter production. Speakers include Information Center Manager Dave Malcampo and Dominick Sanchez of Zamboanga City Information Center and Rene V. Carbayas, information center manager of PIA-Basilan.

The next three days were devoted to website development workshops in which the participants walked through the creation of local website, hooked at DAR-ARMM regional website. Speakers were Melvin L. Ellarina, administrative assistant of the Information Communications Technology Office-ORG and its staff Charlie Magne A. Martinez.

The workshop also includes interactive discussions and extensive hands-on activities on newsletter production and layout and participants were expected to produce local office’s newsletter, infographics, and website.

The activity is in support of DAR-ARMM Regional Secretary Amihilda J. Sangcopan’s thrust to redeem, revitalize and re-engineer the department.

“This activity is being conducted to train and enhance the skills of our Information Officers and Information Technology Officers. These IOs and ITOs that we have now are young and very much willing to learn.  So, we are expecting that after this workshop, new ideas and new innovations will be applied,” Secretary Sangcopan said.

The participants were coming from the ARMM provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Sulu, Basilan and Tawi-tawi.

Dans hoped that the seminar workshop would further strengthen the recently created regional communications group of the said office.