Dumaguete City to host national writing tilt on ASEAN integration

By Jennifer C. Tilos

The Schools Division of Dumaguete City of the Department of Education (DepEd) will host this year’s National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) on February 19 to 23.

Dubbed as the Olympics of Campus Journalism, NSPC is set to gather the best student-journalists from the 17 regions all over the Philippines.

Close to 5,000 campus journalists from the public and private elementary and secondary schools from all over the country are expected to converge at this capital city of Negros Oriental.

The 2018 NSPC has acknowledged the “vital role of the campus journalist in promoting comprehensive education for all.”

This year’s official theme of the 2018 NSPC is “Embracing ASEAN Integration: Campus journalists’ role in advancing inclusive education.”

Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN Integration aims to build a successful and more united ASEAN that has concrete effects on the lives of individuals.

The journalism contest starts with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC), where the top three to seven in each category depending on the size of the certain region qualifies to the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), and from which the top three will be chosen to represent their respective regions in the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC).

The Campus Journalists will be competing in three categories namely Individual Contests which include News Writing, Feature Writing, Editorial Writing, Science and Technology Writing, Photojournalism, and Editorial Cartooning.

School Paper Contests where the campus journalists battle in the different categories: News Section, Features Section, Editorial Section, Science and Technology Section, Sports Section, and Layout and Page Design, and Group Contests: Radio Script Writing and Broadcasting Contest, Collaborative Desktop Publishing (CDP) Contest, and TV Script Writing and Broadcasting Contests (for secondary level).

Two contests are for exhibition only, namely, Column Writing which belongs to individual contests, and online publishing contest for secondary under the Group Contests.

Expected to grace the annual national writing tilts are Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones, Central Office officials, regional and division officials, and local government officials.



PIA launches Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal

By PIA Negros Oriental

Here’s a look of the PIA Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal before the launching activity


Traveling to Cebu via Sibulan-Lioan route? Don’t forget to drop by at the PIA Information Kiosk at Sibulan Seaport Terminal.

The Info Kiosk contains different information materials about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and other government materials which you can read while waiting for your boarding time. All the reading materials are free so you get some and take it with you when you travel.

The PIA Information Kiosk was opened yesterday.  This is the second Information Kiosk launched in Negros Oriental. The first one opened last March at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete City

Here are some snippets of the launching:


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PIA Information Kiosk launch at Sibulan Seaport Terminal

Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen (center) lead the ribbon cutting and launching ceremony of the PIA Information Kiosk. Joining them are PIA-NegOr Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos and Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing of San Antonio De Padua Parish in Sibulan.



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PIA-7 OIC Regional Director Fayette Riñen gives her speech


PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen explains the PIA Information Kiosk is an avenue in raising awareness on the significance, relevance and positive impacts of ASEAN to Filipinos especially as the Philippines assumes the chairmanship of the ASEAN Summit and related meetings this year.

Apart from being a platform to promote ASEAN but also an effective outlet to disseminate programs of government from the regional line agencies down to the local government units.

“You can use this to display your information materials and let the people know about your programs, services, and projects. This is also a way of reporting to the people what the government is doing for us,” Riñen said.

“We hope that the people using this port will also take time to read the information materials that are on display here,” she added

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Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera delivers his message


Meanwhile, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera thanked PIA for putting up an Information Kiosk at Sibulan Port. He said there are more than 1,000 passengers entering the seaport daily.

Mayor Abiera also cited that with the installation of an Information Kiosk at Sibulan Port, the objective to have an empowered people through information is now within capacity.


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Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Joseph Pinili gives his speech.


On the other hand, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Joseph Pinili also lauded PIA for  this endeavor. He says the location of the Info Kiosk is strategic as it is identified as one of the busiest ports in the province.

“The establishment of the information booth is very timely especially with the security concerns we are facing these days. This could help very well in informing our people regarding updates on security and safety,” Atty. Pinili said.



Barangay Captains of Sibulan, representative from partner agencies, other officials of LGU-Sibulan and some members of the media participated in the kiosk launching.

Watch the video for more highlights:










WATCH: PIA ON Track Video on Ugnayan Forum in Dumagute City

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) recently conducted an Ugnayan: Dialogue for Progress forum at Silliman University, Dumaguete City to deepen the public’s appreciation on the Philippines’ hosting of ASEAN and to raise their awareness on the thrusts of the government. The activity was attended by representatives of different sectors in Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental. Watch the highlights of the event in this video prepared by PIA- 7:

ON TRACK VIDEO: Ugnayan in Dumaguete City