Issue of November 12, 2017
Mt. Province

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Training on disaster reporting held for newsmen, info officers
by PNA

DISASTER REPORTING -- Members of the media, government and private sector information officers, and students from the Cordillera attended the two-day seminar on Disaster Risk Reduction held at the Ecolodge, Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City on Nov. 6 and 7. The training was led by the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club in cooperation with the Center for Community Journalism and Development or CCJD with support from the Office of the Civil Defense to enable the participants to deepen their knowledge and understanding on the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management Act and pursue in-depth reporting on disasters. -- Ofelia Empian

Some 50 private media practitioners, government and private information officers from the different provinces in the Cordillera, and students participated in a two-day seminar-workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction reporting.

The seminar was initiated by the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club in partnership with the Center for Community Journalism and Development and through the sponsorship of the Office of Civil Defense.

The seminar was conceptualized to broaden the participants’ knowledge and enhance their skills on reporting about disaster risk reduction and to define the role of the media during a disaster.

The participants were also provided tips on how to ensure their safety and security when covering disasters.

BCBC president Jane Cadalig said it would be good to define the role of reporters, as members of the community, when a disaster strikes, considering the fact that journalists are usually among the first to be in areas affected by a disaster.

“We want to know how we should behave during disasters. Should we just remain as observers or should we do our part in helping alleviate sufferings?” Cadalig said. 

She said the BCBC is hoping to get partners who will help provide training on emergency response for the media as a follow up of the two-day seminar.

“We are all stakeholders in the community and knowing how to respond to emergencies, to help ourselves our families and even extend the same to our neighbors will be an advantage for all of us,” she said.

She said that there are government agencies that are willing to provide training on disaster response for the media, but getting the commitment of the practitioners to complete the training remains the challenge.

“A compressed training is five days and the difficulty of having the media sit down for the duration is understandable because of the demand of their job,” she said.

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