Oroquieta City Hosts RSPC 2015
Oroquieta City – Schools Press Conference is an annual event held by the national government through the Department of Education to uphold and protect the freedom of the press even at the campus level as per Republic Act 7079 or the Campus Journalism Act. For this year, the Oroquieta City Division hosted the Regional Schools Press Conference. This was participated by various campus journalists from public and private elementary and secondary schools across the region who have won and qualified in their respective journalistic fields during the division level competitions.
With the theme “The Role of 21st Century Campus Journalists in Upholding Good Governance, Leadership, and Transparency”, Regional Schools Press Conference was held last November 30 to December 2, 2015 at the Provincial Cultural and Farmer’s Training Center, Capitol Grounds, Oroquieta City. The venue was full-packed as the program was graced by the provincial government officials headed by Governor Herminia M. Ramiro, DepEd Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, Mr. Agustines Cepe, principals, teacher-coaches, and campus journalists from the different schools all throughout Region 10.
Being invited to give the words of welcome during the opening program of the said event, Provincial Vice-Governor Aurora Virginia M. Almonte emphasized that the intent of the Campus Journalism Act is to strengthen ethical values, encourage critical and creative thinking, and develop moral character and personal discipline of the Filipino youth through responsible campus journalism. As young journalists, their role is to become effective agents of change, considering the gravity and extent of media influence. “In addressing societal issues confronting us today, journalism can be a very effective means to initiate change”, she said.
The program became more remarkable as the delegates were welcomed with different performances by the MONHS students. The opening of RSPC was then officially declared by Atty. Shirley O. Chatto, the DepEd Regional Director of Region 10.