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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Zambo City EAP grantees undertake journalistic writing workshop

By Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Some 30 college students here who are scholars under the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples’ (NCIP) Education Assistance Program (EAP) for Indigenous Peoples (IPs) attended the second leg of journalistic writing workshop spearheaded by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and US Embassy in Manila.

“We help the IP youth develop their knowledge and skills in writing so that they may be able to effectively write their tribes’ stories and expressed ideas in their own point of view,” Regional Director Noemi B. Edaga of PIA-9 said.

In support of Director Edaga’s statement, Information Center Manager Felipo David G. Malcampo of PIA-Zamboanga City also told the participants who belong to Subanon, Yakan, Kolibugan, Sama-Bangingi and Bajau tribes, that “new minds will have to replace the old generation soon and this is the reason your writing skills are being honed.”

The IP journalistic writing workshop, which is on its second year of implementation, hopes to enhance the journalistic talents of IP college students particularly in writing news stories and editorial. Topics on climate change as well as the government’s efforts to attain lasting peace in Mindanao have also been integrated in the lectures.

Mr. Abdurasid Buddick, NCIP-9 regional EAP focal person reminded the participants that as NCIP scholars, they must maintain a weighted average not lower than 80% to keep their scholarship and to graduate from their chosen courses.

“You are very lucky to have availed of this program. Do not give us a reason to remove your name out from the master list,” said Buddick.

Covering the entire Zamboanga Peninsula region, the same training will be held in Zamboanga Sibugay on June 17-18, Zamboanga del Norte on June 24-25 and Zamboanga del Sur on July 1-2. The first leg of the training was conducted in Isabela City, Basilan Province on June 3-4.