PIA, ASGIOCO conduct capacity building activity for gov't IOs

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 28 (PIA)--The Philippine Information Agency and the Association of Government Information Officers in Cordillera (ASGIOCO) conducyed  a two – day capacity building workshop  for   government  information officers and designates  from  line agencies and local government  units   in efforts to  strengthen partnership  in empowering communities  thru the delivery of  correct information.


The activity conducted on November 27 and 28 at Gestdan Centrum, this city,  was  attended by over 100 participants from the different government agencies and LGUs  in the region.

PIA- CAR Regional Director Helen Tibaldo said the capacity building workshop aims to equip the participants with knowledge and skills to capture developmental activities in their respective agencies or local government units, and on how to effectively convey to the public such important information.

 Information officers play an important role in letting the public know the government programs and services and other information that can help them empower themselves and their respective communities, she said.

Learning sessions for the activity included content development and writing with Jane Cadalig of Baguio Midland Courier, Jordan Tablac of Bombo Radyo and Dhobbie De Guzman of ABS –CBN Baguio, as resource persons for print, radio and TV broadcast media, respectively.

For new or social media, PIA – CAR staff Guillermo Ocampo and Jamie Joie Malingan, provided lectures on the use of social media and infographics on conveying government programs and services as well as on photography and video production using smart phones.

PIA - CAR Regional Director Helen Tibaldo outlines the important role of information officers in conveying what regional line agencies and LGUs is doing and in conveying the important programs/services and information that can help empower people and local communities. (CCD-PIA CAR) 

There were also presentations/briefings on government priority advocacies  that include communicating Federalism with Constitutional Commission to Review the 1987 Constitution member Dr. Virgilio Bautista;  Petroleum  Fuels and Alternative Fuels as source of energy by Department of Energy  Sr. Science Research Specialist Engr. Celso Bagabaldo;  Electrical Safety and Energy  Efficiency and Conservation by Benguet Electric Cooperative  Safety and Training   Officer Jayson Wayet; HIV/AIDS awareness by Darwin Babon  of Department of Health, and  Ceferino Hulipas on  PAGASA programs and services, and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

These presentations are inputs to the workshop to produce IEC materials using multi-media platforms.  

ASGIOCO Interim President and DTI – CAR Information Officer Joel  Arthur Tibaldo outlined  the importance of the capacity building activity  for  government IOs and designates  as it involves the use of traditional and new media in conveying important news and information that are essential in empowering communities.

ASGIOCO was  formed sometime in 1989 when typewriter and cassette recorders were still very much in use and original members are either nearing retirement age or already retired. At present, the association has many members belonging to the millennial group who are very much into new media,  so this capacity building workshop works for both new and old members, he said.By Carlito C. Dar(JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)






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