Bontoc, Mountain Province

Sixty-three campus journalists from different public and private high schools in this capital town are now equipped with necessary skills and knowledge in journalism. This, following the conduct of the Journalism Training for Campus Journalists on May 26-27, 2024, at the Bayle’s Hotel and Restaurant, Sac-angan, Caluttit, Bontoc, Mountain Province. The two-day training conducted by the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) through the Office of the
Municipal Mayor – Information Unit aims to help improve the communication skills of campus journalists on writing, editing, proofreading, headline writing, photo documentation, and other necessary skills.

It further aims to promote the right to access information, knowledge, and data necessary to strengthen journalistic
values. It is to be noted that in Mountain Province, it is only the Bontoc LGU that conducts and allocates fund for training the campus journalists from the different public and private high schools in Bontoc. The resource speakers
were Sylesia Kaning Pangesfan, faculty of the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College – Teacher Education
Department for the News Writing session; Tourism Operations Officer II Tyronne Glenn Lawey of the Provincial
Tourism Office for the Feature Writing session; and Provincial Information Officer Novy Afidchao for the Photojournalism session and was assisted by personnel from the Provincial Information Office namely, Erwin Batnag, Daryle Fayofay and Tyrel Faniswa.

Sangguniang Bayan Member Dan Evert Sokoken extended his utmost gratitude to the resource speakers for sharing their expertise with the young journalists and for dedicating their time to enrich the participants’ knowledge and
skills. Meanwhile, Mayor Jerome “Chagsen” Tudlong, Jr., challenged the campus journalists to embrace knowledge and to further hone their skills in journalism and thanked the Provincial Government of Mountain Province and Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr., for their support and assistance during the said training. Mayor Tudlong further
encouraged the young journalists to remain curious, seek the truth, and always strive for accuracy and fairness in their reporting and assured them of continued support from the local government in future endeavors aimed at enhancing  their journalistic capabilities.

“This training is a testament to our commitment to fostering an environment where young journalists can thrive.
Your dedication and passion for truth and information are vital in today’s society. I encourage you all to continue pursuing excellence in your craft and to use your newfound skills to make a positive impact in your communities,” he said in an interview. The participants are from Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School, Saint Vincent’s School Inc., All Saints Mission School, XiJEN College of Mountain Province, Guina-ang National High
School (NHS), Mainit NHS, Dalican NHS, and AlBaGo NHS.

Christy Mae C. Pangesfan, Bontoc LGU

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