GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Fifty-four students from different colleges of the Mindanao State University (MSU) and some of its faculty, expressed their firm support towards achieving agricultural productivity through responsible campus journalism following a three-day training on news and feature writing.
Primarily intended for campus newsletter, the training which was sponsored by the AGHAM Party List and conducted by staff of the Philippine Council for Agriculture Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), was held at the MSU Graduate School Bldg. on August 17-19.
Ricardo R. Argana, Ruel S. Pagcaliwagan, and Paul Jersey G. Leron, of the PCARRD Applied Communication Division lectured on news and feature writing, writing for the web and layouting, respectively, while Vicky Bartilet of the Agham Party List, lectured on broadcasting.
The training underscored the need for the thousands of campus newsletters in the Philippines to contribute to the diffusion of productive and worthwhile technologies, particularly for the agriculture, forestry, and natural resources (AFNR) sectors by devoting a space in their respective newsletters for this concern.
Lodged on a common technology diffusion strategy, the Saka Iskwela program, which was initiated by PCARRD in 2007, will also have two other similar trainings at the Bicol University in Legazpi City on September 7-9, and the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, North Cotobato, on September 21-23.
Dr. Wilfred D. Bidad of the Cotobato Agriculture Resources Research and Development Consortium (CARRDEC), and Dr. Marissa N. Estrella of the Bicol Consortium for Agriculture Resources Research and Development (BCARRD) are coordinating the trainings.
Bidad and Estrella are the Regional Applied Communication Group Chair of CARRDEC and BCARRD, respectively.
Signifying their commitment towards achieving productive agriculture through responsible campus journalism, each of the MSU students and faculty members who participated the training at MSU, signed on a tarpaulin bearing this commitment.
Dr. Domingo M. Non, MSU Dean for Graduate Studies, received the pledge of commitment on behalf of University Chancellor Atty. Abdurrahman T. Canacan.
The Saka Iskwela was inspired by the Campus Journalism Act of 1991. The Act provides for the development and promotion of campus journalism as a means of strengthening ethical values, encouraging critical and creative thinking and developing moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth.
Saka Iskwela trainings in the past, were conducted at the Benguet State University (BSU) in La Trinidad, Benguet; Central Mindanao University (CMU) in Musuan, Bukidnon; and the Aklan State University (ASU), in Banga, Aklan.
Graduates of the Saka Iskwela trainings contributed to the dissemination of productive agricultural technologies in their respective localities through their school newsletters. Ricardo R. Argana, S&T Media Service