PAGADIAN CITY, Aug. 15 (PIA) - A total of 124 indigenous people (IP) –students from all over the region benefited from the basic news writing training/workshop conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (NCIP)-9 in partnership with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)-9 and the US embassy.
The two-day training was conducted in five separate batches for the whole month of July to 1st week of August. The first batch was conducted in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur with 27 IP-student participants; the second leg was in Dipolog City, Zamboaga Del Norte with 21 participants; the third leg was in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay with 23 participants; and fourth and fifth batches were held in Zamboanga City and Isabela, Basilan with 30 and 23 participants, respectively.
The training was aimed at enhancing the writing skills of the participants as it complemented the formal training in school of the IP-students so they would become skilled once they graduate. It also aims to empower them since they are the “most marginalized sector” in the region.
The training workshop provided opportunity for them to enhance their writing skills, specifically focusing on how to write or communicate disaster or calamity stories in their respective areas and stories on adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change.
As a result of the training, these IP youth organized themselves into a group called “I am a Climate Change-Resilient Youth,” who shall serve as strong and working advocates of climate change adaptation and mitigation.
A facebook page was even created where these 124 IP graduates of the Journalistic Writing training can post their output or stories or post announcement or situationer reports in case a calamity or disaster arises in their respective locality.
You can visit and like their facebook page “I am a Climate Change-Resilient Youth” and be one in the fight, mitigation and adaptation of climate change. (FPG/JPA/PIA9)