Some 50 private media practitioners and government information officers from the different provinces in the Cordillera attended the two-day Disaster Risk Reduction reporting here on November 6 to 7.
Jane Cadalig, president of the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club (BCBC), said the activity is in partnership with the national Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD).
She said the seminar was conceptualized, taking into consideration that journalists are usually first on the site during disasters and it would be good to define the role of the reporters as members of the community.
“Should we just remain as observers or should we do our part in helping alleviate sufferings?” Cadalig asked.
The seminar, she said, also hopes to broaden the knowledge of media practitioners on reporting disasters. “We want to continue to equip the practitioners with knowledge not just on disaster reporting but also emergency response.”
She said that after the seminar, they are hoping to get partners who will help provide training on emergency response for the media.
“Anyway, we are all stakeholders in the community and knowing how to respond to emergencies, to help ourselves or our families and even extend the same to our neighbors will be an advantage for all of us,” she said.
Cadalig relayed that there are already government offices bent on giving disaster training for the media but the commitment among members of the press remains a question.
“The compressed training is five days and it is understandable for media to have a difficulty sitting down for the training but the goal of the training, if it will materialize, will be defeated if they cannot complete the whole five-day session,” she noted. PNA / ABN
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