DAVAO CITY, May 3, 2019 — The Department of Education (DepEd), through its Public Affairs Service (PAS), in coordination with Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), conducted a three-day seminar on communicating sports for campus journalists on April 24-26 at the Malayan Colleges Mindanao in Davao City.
Prior to their coverage of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa, the campus journalists and their school paper advisers, who participated in the recent National Schools Press Conference (NSPC), were trained on the Philippine grassroots and elite sports, sports journalism, photography, and social media.
“One of the thrusts of the Secretary para sa ating lahat sa Department of Education at lalung-lalo na para sa ating mga estudyante ay matuto kayo, ma-develop kayo wholly, holistically. So bringing you here is part of holistic development, of teaching you to become more well-rounded storytellers,” DepEd Assistant Secretary for PAS and Alternative Learning System (ALS) Program and Task Force G.H. Ambat told the campus journalists.
While the participating campus journalists are primarily tasked to cover the various sports events in the 2019 Palaro, Ambat emphasized the crucial task of honing these future writers as good storytellers. She highlighted that more than covering what is happening in the sports events, it is equally important to communicate the stories of inspiring athletes, their dedicated coaches, and the various stories in the streets of Davao City.
Meanwhile, PSC Chairman William Ramirez and PSC Commissioner Celia Kiram encouraged the participants to take the opportunity of covering the Palaro to learn more about sports and promote its good values.
DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del Pascua also discussed conservation photography. He stressed the importance of sharing photos and stories about protecting endangered species such as Philippine eagles, which are usually found in Davao City.
The students’ stories and photographs may be viewed at http://www.deped.gov.ph/resources/downloads/palarong-pambansa-2019/, http://www.deped.gov.ph/stories, https://www.facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH/, and at https://twitter.com/DepEd_PH.