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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sibugay IP students undergo 2-day writing workshop

By Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay - Some 22 IP college students from this province, who are also grantees of the Educational Assistance Program (EAP) of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) gathered at Ricomar Hotel here on June 17-18 for a Journalistic Writing Workshop.

“Unload everything, your problems in school, at home, frustrations, disappointments, all of them. Concentrate on this training because not everyone is given this opportunity. Other EAP grantees have not been given this experience so you should be grateful and learn much from this training,” said  Ms. Marita L. Minao, NCIP Interim Provincial Officer for Zamboanga Sibugay. 

NCIP Regional Director Timuey Woy Lim P. Wong shared an inspiring story of his life to the participants when he was still a working student. He endured all hardships and did not consider it a hindrance in acquiring valuable education.

“This training is an opportunity to develop your personality and train you to write, to increase your knowledge. In the future, this will be very useful when you apply for a job and whatever you endeavor in life,” Dir. Wong said.

PIA-9 Asst. Regional Director Franklin P. Gumapon lectured on the essential points in Basic Newswriting, the attributes of news including the news structure.

Participants were in deep thought after the lecture when they were asked to write a news story about the activity applying the attributes that they have learned in Basic newswriting as discussed by ARD Gumapon. The stories were later critiqued to conform with the basic standards.

The newly-elected officers during the IP journalistic workshop in Zamboanga Sibugay were : President – Sheila M. Onog; VP – Diana Rose T. Otal; Sec- Vernadette O. Dionson; Treasurer – Elesa A. Tabac; Auditor – Loriebell C. Ticulan; PIO – Clennkei C. Penalosa; Business Managers – Syloyd Van S. Tulawa and Shorla May P. Dela Cruz.

Meanwhile Regional Director Noemi Edaga told the participants, “if you will write in jejemon and taglish, I am sure you will reach nowhere. I encourage you to polish your English.”

A film on the Bangsamoro Basic Law and Climate Change was also shown to the participants.

The activity was sponsored by PIA and NCIP with the support of the US Embassy.