DINALUPIHAN, Bataan – Young journalists equipped with bright minds emerged as future media personalities as they competed in this year’s recently-concluded Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) held at the Dinalupihan Civic Center and Dinalupihan Elementary Schoo last Aug. 23-25.
For the public elementary schools, it was the Dinalupihan District who bagged the Overall Champion Award, followed by the Abucay and the Mariveles Districts.
In public secondary schools, Mariveles National High School Poblacion was the Overall Champion, next was the Limay National High School, and the Bonifacio Camacho National High School and Morong National High School were tie in the third spot.
“Para naman sa private elementary schools, first place ang The Peninsula School, second ang St. Peter of Verona Academy at tie sa third place ang Bataan Christian School and Bataan Learning Center. Sa secondary, champion ang St. John Academy, next ang Colegio de San Juan de Letran at third naman ang Bataan Christian School,” said Ms. Ilynne Samonte, Education Program Supervisor in English of the Department of Education-Bataan.
The categories during the event include, for individual, are the news writing, feature writing, editorial writing and cartooning, copyreading and headline writing, sports writing, photojournalism, and the Science and Technology writing. While for the group category, participants contended on Radio Broadcasting and Collaborative Publishing.
“May bagong category na hindi muna namin in-implement, yun yung TV Broadcasting. Ngayon, ang ginawa namin dito, yung mga um-attend ng regional training before, pinag-demo muna namin sila. Ginagaya na kasi namin dito yung sistema ng national level tsaka regional level. So next year, i-i- implement na namin to,” Samonte explained.
The following persons served as lecturers/judges during the press conference: Bryan Brazil, a producer of GMA 7 Documentaries, for the Radio Broadcasting; Christian Mespher Hernandez, a national outstanding School Paper Adviser awardee, for the Collaborative Publishing; Michael Jugado, former writer of Rappler and now a writer of Malaya, for the News and Sports Writing; Rupert Laxamana, a regional trainer in RSPC, for the Feature and Science Writing; Dr. Stephanie Busbos, moderator of SLU-Baguio publication, for the Editorial Writing and Cartooning; and Dr. Joselito Gutierrez, a curriculum writer, for the Copyreading and Headline Writing and Photojournalism.
Ms. Samonte disclosed the purpose of executing this event, saying, “We are conducting this press conference because of the Republic Act 7079 which covers the Campus Journalism Act of the Philippines. Simply put, ang sinasabi lang sa Act na ito is to promote the journalistic skills ng mga estudyante. Naka-enclosed din dito yung pag-select ng editorial board and dito ine- encourage ang publication at pagsusulat in the pursuit of truth and freedom.”
“Also, we are doing this para maka-select ng mga journalists na lalaban sa RSPC naman. Hindi pa ina-announced yung venue pero ang temporary date ay last week of October,” Samonte added.
Apart from Ms. Samonte, Ms. Mila Calma, Education Program Supervisor in Filipino, and the officers of the Bataan Association of School Paper Advisers partnered in organizing the three- day conference.
Photos courtesy of Omar Manalansan