DIPOLOG CITY, April 4, 2024 – Dipolog City kick started the 2024 Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) with a spectacular opening program held at the Dipolog City Sports Complex in Barangay Olingan. The program commenced with a captivating marching band performance by Zamboanga del Norte National High School Turno, showcasing the exceptional talents and skills of the students.

The grand entrance of all eight Schools Division Offices (SDOs) and the Department of Education (DepEd) Region IX Officials was led by the regional director, Dr. Ruth L. Fuentes.

In attendance was Dipolog City Mayor, Honorable Mayor Daryl Dexter T. Uy, whose presence added to the event’s prestige, underlining the host city’s unwavering commitment to education and the development of young talents.

The host division, represented by SDS Dr. Ma. Liza R. Tabilon, delivered a warm welcome address, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to host the 2024 RSPC.

To inject excitement into the proceedings, emcees conducted interviews with one participant per division among the vast assembly of 2,552 student-journalists and coaches, offering insights into their experiences and sources of inspiration. These aspiring writers were eager to embark on the RSPC journey and hoped to bring success to their respective divisions.

The program continued with spirited yell presentations from each SDO, led by CLMD Chief Dr. Eugenio B. Penales. The fervent chants and cheers underscored the unity and pride of each division, fostering an atmosphere of friendly competition.

RD Fuentes delivered a pivotal message, underscoring the responsibility that accompanies the freedom of the press. She also featured a keynote video message from Undersecretary of the Curriculum and Teaching Division, Dr. Gina Gonong, emphasizing the RSPC Theme, “Changing Truth Through Journalism,” and stressing the sacred duty journalists hold in delivering accurate and impactful news.

The pinnacle of the opening program was the inspirational address by Dipolog City’s outstanding local chief executive, Honorable Daryl Dexter T. Uy. He highlighted the influential role of journalism in shaping public opinion and encouraged young journalists to pursue their passion for writing and reporting.

The opening program set the tone for the 2024 RSPC, striving to promote excellence in journalism and provide a platform for young writers and communicators to showcase their skills. With the participation of the eight SDOs of Region IX, the RSPC serves as a venue for students to compete and learn from one another.

The contest proper commenced in the afternoon at Zamboanga del Norte National High School, Estaka, Dipolog City. The awarding ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday at the sports complex in Olingan.

(via Monina R. Antiquina, Head of the Documentation Team – 2024 RSPC DTWG)