DIPOLOG CITY, March 8, 2024 – The Department of Education Schools Division of Dipolog City is currently hosting the 2024 Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) at Miputak East Central School from March 8 to 10. This three-day event gathers learners from across the division to explore journalism’s role in their lives under the theme “Charting Truth: Journalism as a Catalyst for Positive Change in the Media Landscape of 2024.”

Chief Education Supervisor of the Curriculum Implementation Division (CID) Dr. Amelinda D. Montero CESE welcomed participants, emphasizing DSPC’s importance in nurturing students’ journalistic skills and promoting co-curricular activities as vital elements of holistic education.

Dr. Montero further stated, “As young journalists, it’s crucial to recognize the power of your collective voice, especially when united with fellow young journalists. However, I earnestly hope and pray that you will wield this power responsibly, prioritizing the promotion of peace, understanding, and national unity through your work.”

Representing the city’s local chief executive was Mr. Lorenzo A. Aseniero II, City Information Officer. He graced the event with an inspirational message, encouraging participants to embrace the power of storytelling in effecting positive change within their schools and the communities as burgeoning concerned citizens.

The program featured presentations by EPS in English Riela Angela C. Josol and EPS in Filipino Cherry Mae B. Eltanal, introducing participants and the schedule of activities.

Edrel M. Talaid, a distinguished student from ZNNHS Turno and Champion for Pagsulat ng Balita during the 2023 RSPC, led the recitation of the Journalist’s Creed, highlighting the commitment to ethical reporting.

Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Ma. Liza R. Tabilon CESO V officially opened the 2024 DSPC, initiating an enriching experience for participants.

Throughout the three-day press conference, workshops, competitive events, and discussions aim to hone journalistic skills and foster a deeper understanding of the power of media. The event also featured a School Paper Contest aimed at recognizing outstanding publications across elementary and secondary levels.

The awards ceremony, scheduled for March 10, will announce the top three individual event and the first-place group winners, who will then represent Dipolog City in the upcoming Regional Schools Press Conference slated for April 4-6 of this year.

To equip learners with the skills necessary to navigate the constantly evolving media landscape, DepEd Dipolog remains steadfast in its commitment to empowering them through co-curricular activities such as journalism.

DepEd Dipolog continues to collaborate with the local government unit, whose generous support through the Special Education Fund (SEF) was instrumental in making this event possible.

(via Darwin S. Enderez, Teacher III of Pamansalan Elementary School)