PAGADIAN CITY, February 9, 2017 – Department of Education (DepEd) Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali recently recognized the role of campus journalists as catalysts for change.
During the recently concluded National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) 2017 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, Umali highlighted the power of “pen” in igniting and bringing various reforms in the society.
“Nais kong ipaalala sa inyo ang kahalagahan ng inyong ginagawa. Ang kapangyarihan ng inyong mga pluma ay kayang tumbasan o higitan ang “lakas” na mayroon ang sinuman,” Umali stated.
“Kaya niyong baguhin ang mundo. Ang mga campus journalists ay maaring maging instrumento ng pagbabago,” Umali added.
Umali further emphasized the importance of journalists as he mentioned the change brought by the literary works of Dr. Jose Rizal, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and other noble Filipino heroes in the country.
At the closing and turnover ceremony of the NSPC 2017 held at the Pagadian City Gym, Deped Region IX Director Isabelita Borres turned over the NSPC 2018 host role to DepEd Negros Island Region (NIR) Officer-In-Charge (OIC) Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad.
Sadsad expressed his gratitude for the opportunity given to his Region, and promised to pull off another successful and full of learning opportunities for campus journalists next year.