OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Jan. 20 (PIA) -- Seeking to strengthen ties between the Department of Education (DepEd) and public and private basic education schools in the region, the Ozamiz City Division hosted the 2020 regional training for National School Press Conference (NSPC) qualifiers from January 14 to 18 held at Ozamiz City School of Arts and Trades (OCSAT).
Anchored with the theme, "Empowering Communities through Campus Journalism," the activity is aimed to enhance the students' journalistic skills by discovering the techniques to be utilized in different journalism contests as well as to equip them for the National Schools Press Conference.
The five-day training kicked off with an opening program, attended by different DepEd officials and City Councilors of Ozamiz.
DepEd Ozamiz Schools Division Superintendent (SDS) Jean Veloso warmly welcomed the delegates from the different divisions of the region.
By hosting the regional training for NSPC that promoted greater unity, Veloso hoped that it was also "an opportunity to build networks."
Secondary School Principal III Pat Rara was grateful that OCSAT was chosen to be " the sanctuary of unity and the haven of dreams."
Meanwhile, Mark Palad from Yumbing National High School in Camiguin, a longtime school paper adviser, underscored the importance of campus journalism as a platform for students to uphold the freedom of the press at the campus level and to promote the development of student values such as creativity, critical thinking, discipline, and ethical values, among others.
The NSPC is the highest competition for journalism for both private and public elementary and secondary schools in the Philippines as per the Republic Act 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991.
Under the individual categories, students will compete in various contests like news, feature, editorial and sports writing, as well as copyreading and headline writing, plus science and technology (S&T) writing, photojournalism, editorial cartooning and column writing.
On the other hand, the group contests include radio scriptwriting and broadcasting, collaborative and desktop publishing, TV scriptwriting and broadcasting for the secondary level.
A total of 302 official delegates from region 10 will compete will participate in this year's NSPC in Tuguegarao City on February 17-21, 2020. (SMRN/PIA 10))