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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PIA, NCIP hold 4th leg of journalistic writing workshop for IP studes in Zambo. Norte

By Claro A. Lanipa

DIPOLOG CITY – The Philippine Information Agency(PIA)-IX in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-IX and the US Embassy in Manila has conducted starting today (June 24) a two-day journalistic writing workshop for Indigenous Peoples (IP) college students at Mibang Hotel here.

A total of 27 IP grantees under the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of the NCIP from the three congressional districts of Zamboanga del Norte were invited to attend the said workshop.

In his welcome remarks during the opening program, Atty. Eulogio Lagudas Jr., legal officer, NCIP-Zamboanga del Norte told the participants that all writings must be based on a legal foundation in order to evade civil or criminal liabilities.

The lawyer was also elated to see Ms. Yoly De Guzman, public affairs officer, US Embassy in Manila for gracing the occasion, saying “this is the first time that a representative from the embassy set foot in Dipolog City.”

Meanwhile, Yoly De Guzman said “I am so impressed with your NCIP coordinators. They were able to gather all of you here, and, at least for the two days, you will be able to learn something out of this activity.

She also commended PIA-IX  that among the 17 regions in the country,” it’s only region 9 that is implementing this project (for the second year) and we are happy to support this initiative for the IPs.”

“This is very unique, because the participants are really IPs representing the different tribes in the province,” De Guzman said.

NCIP-IX EAP Focal Person Abdurasid Buddick also told the grantees “you are the luckiest among your peers because you are chosen to be here.”

“This is once in a lifetime opportunity, grab it,” Buddick encouraged the scholars.

He also urged the grantees to study hard to avoid getting failing grades in order to maintain their scholarships.