NIC 2018: “Empowering communities through Information”

NIC 2018: “Empowering communities through Information”


In the message of President Rodrigo Duterte, he stressed the re-creation of communication. “As we raise the bar of democratic governance, we share only the truth with our people through the most powerful force of electronic media.”  He calls on all Information Officers to speak deeply, and write bravely with courageous honesty. Secretary Martin Andanar, who read the message of the President, reciprocated the same by calling on everyone to wage war against disinformation, misinformation and fake news and for everyone to advocate for a well-informed citizenry.

The message wen across the 1,800 communicators and information officers from all over the 16 regions of the country who were gathered during the National Information Convention (NIC) held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Davao City on February 19-21, 2018. These three-day convention was spearheaded by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), through the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), which brought together public and private sector communicators for one good cause and that is to learn how to effectively empower communities through information and bring about social mobilization. Various presenters and credible speakers discussed dynamic communication strategies.

The first day focused on “understanding government programs and policies and raising the bar of governance”.  Ms. Anna Marie Lamentillo, Chairperson of the Build, Build, Build Committee of DPWH shared the ongoing infrastructure projects of the current Administration paving way to what she calls the “Golden Age of Infrastructure” with all the numerous projects to advance the means of transportation and communication processes.   She also emphasized the importance of communicating projects visually to the public and to harness the power of new media, which is through the Internet. Undersecretary Felix William B. Fuentebella of the Department of Energy talked about energy saving tips as he presented the E-power Mo concept (e-safety mo; e-secure mo; e-diskarte mo) as one of the banner programs of DOE.  He stressed that, “an informed energy consumer, is an empowered one”.

Further, Dangerous Drugs Board Chairperson Catalino Cuy presented the Rehabinasyon (Rehabilitate the Nation) program of the Government.  He appealed to the participants to assist them in their advocacy of fighting the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. He stressed that the success of the “Rehabinasyon” lies in the support and participation of the public.

Asec. Jonathan E. Malaya of DILG gave a brief overview on Federalism and its objective to activate the region’s participation in the national decision making. “As communicators of change”, he encouraged “all information officers and government communicators to influence public opinion with a “yes” vote on federalism”.  

Communications Assistant Secretary, Atty. Ablan, introduced the importance of Freedom of Information (FOI) in building trust between the people and the government, as embodied in the Executive Order No. 2, 2016. The FOI is an access tool to gain information from our government. It is also a listening tool to listen to the needs of the people”.   The Du30 App was launched and this gave us a direct link to the Office of the President. This application can be downloaded from Google Store, which provides a venue to access latest news, to report real time stories/ news and enables everyone to send a complaint via the 8888 portal.

The second day of the convention evolved around talks on promoting responsible communication and developing a dynamic communication strategy while day three was filled with discussions engaging the citizenry in nation-building. There were fire side chats involving participants to experience facets of media life through the different booths from notable media and communication industries.

As a participant to the convention, various appreciations were received from other attendees that this first ever convention was an excellent move and very timely for the government to communicate the programs of the Duterte Administration to all the government information officers and communicators from national agencies down to the grassroots or barangay levels. The convention, with the gathering of media practitioners, private and government communicators made the event successful in advocating the government thrusts and engaging its citizens. In this era of vast technological advancement, responsible journalism, fighting fake news; misinformation; and disinformation as discussed by various credible and knowledgeable speakers paved way to deeper understanding and appreciation of the duties and responsibilities of communicators/ information officers in empowering communities and building a nation.

With all the extensive presentations and discussions, it is an inspiration for the participants of the untiring efforts and innovations of government to fight corruption, combat drugs and other crimes, to alleviate and improve the quality of life of Filipinos.

Indeed, information is critical to development.  It is the responsibility of government information officers to effectively communicate timely, relevant, accurate and truthful information to their customers, the public. The NIC experience endowed the appreciation and realization of the communicators’ role to ensure that they hear, read, and understand the information or message presented, so they can benefit from it and improve their quality of life. And when information is used to benefit others, it becomes wisdom.|P. Abra,IAPBello


Reforestation areas to be developed as green economy models



A “Green Economy Model” (GEMs) orientation for the selected 2017 e-NGP PO partners was conducted particularly to the members of the Bulo Farmers Association based in Bulo, Tabuk City, Kalinga in February 26, 2018.

The activity was facilitated by Miss Melanie M. Pis-oy and Ms. Alma I. Dajoya from the DENR Regional Office together with Ms. Sheila B. Bakidan, Ms. Novalyn Dacay-og, Ms. Libertee Da-o, and Ms. Hazel Gay Lay-asan, Forestry Technicians of CENRO Tabuk.

Since it is a mandate of the law to ensure that gender and equality shall always be incorporated in every activity and in introducing development intervention inclusive growth, Ms. Pis-oy discussed the topic on Gender and Development. She emphasized that gender equality is vital in every development endeavor.  In every work, more hands are needed, men and women need to be empowered too.

The GEM was presented by Ms. Dajoya who discussed the guidelines in the operation and transition of the DENR’s programs and projects into GEMs as provided by DAO 2017-08.

Dajoya emphasized that GEMs aim to transform DENR programs and projects into GEMs where household members create sustainable goods and services for the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and create viable community enterprises where households are the focal members and players in creating value-added environmental products and services.  It also moves to accelerate the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and promote the protection of the environment through the creation of green jobs.

Based from the objectives, GEM is a holistic approach in forest conservation. The Department is now shifting into a new paradigm from its usual practice that restoration of degraded forest land is merely through reforestation and agro-forestry. With this new program, the DENR together with the Community people will treat hills and mountains especially the e-NGP sites as enterprises in accordance with the plans and interest of the PO members.

The main output of the activity was to come up with a business plan. It was agreed by the group that they will go into wine production, chili paste, and banana chips processing. The needed raw data will be identified by the PO members while the drafting of the business proposal and business plan were assigned to the PO president with the assistance of GEM Focal person and assigned site manager. It is therefore important that the DENR personnel and employees shall possess the skills and passion to lead the POs in the realization of the GEM ultimate goals in the pursuit of sustainable economical and ecological development.

After the orientation, some of the participants visited the 2017 e-NGP as proposed GEMs site.  Their plantation was intercropped with agri-crops such as pegion pea, banana, beans and monggo.  With the collaboration of the members of the PO and the technical assistance by the DENR Technicians, the people will benefit from their reforestation areas.|SBakidan

Photo Releases

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION MATERIALS  - Resource speakers to the Learning Event discuss how to make effective communication materials.Prof. Fe Abalos (left) focuses on the content of the communication material while Instructor James Beltran (right) emphasized on the design and lay-out. Prof. Abalos (left) helps the participants in determining how to create the content by determining first who are the audience of the material while Mr. Beltran (right) shows how a certain picture used in the communication material would affect the “tone of the content” or “the emotion of the reader”|SJEMauting

DENR–CAR trainees. Some DENR – CAR employees closely follow instructions of Prof. Fe Abalos on how an IEC material, particularly on how a 3-fold brochure, should be laid out during designing process.  She also demonstrated how a brochure would look like when printed and folded.|SJEMauting

DENR–CAR CONDUCTS JINGLE WRITING CONTEST. First and Second Place Winners (left photo) of the DENR – CAR 2017 Jingle Writing Contest, Jesher Nicolas and Jirah Vercelyn Teliagen are with Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo (left photo-right end) and contest organizer Perlita Nerja (left photo-left end) and third placer, (right photo-right end) Cristifan Toring after receiving their cash prizes and Certificates of Appreciation. (Read more...)|SJEMauting

FOREIGN PATROLLERS - Beberly Calugan (left) of the DENR-CAR’s Enforcement Division assists the Indonesian visitors in handling the Lawin patrolling gadgets.  These gadgets are equipped with android applications with cyber tracking capacity and spatial monitoring and reporting tool to generate field data for speedier analysis and intervention.(Read more...)|AJTuraray

Bamboo Movement - Members of the Bantay Gubat put on the finishing touches while assembling bamboo shavings for a table during a bamboo furniture training-workshop.  The training was initiated by the DENR-CAR in partnership with DTI-CAR (Read more...|P. Abra, VIDeVera

THE WINNERS TO THE FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL QUIZ BEE. Together with the judges and the DENR Officials, the winners show off their Certificates and medals.  From left to right are three of the judges Mr. Jose Maria Bringas Madriaga, Ms. Michelli Lazo and Ms. Carmelita Bersalona Leano.  They are joined by PENR Officer of Abra For. Shirley Leano and Regional Director Ralph C. Pablo (Read more...) .|PTNerja