PCOO, NIB welcome coeds to PNA’s summer on-the-job training program

April 18, 2012 10:59 pm 

By Saul E. Pa-a

MANILA, April 18 -– Various trainings are lined up for mass communications and journalism students under the Philippines News Agency on-the-job training (OJT) program this summer.

Presidential Communications Operations Office-News – Information Bureau (PCOO-NIB) officials and OJT secretariat conducted the orientation and briefings for the college students this week at the PCOO-NIB OJT Secretariat center at the Ground Floor, National Press Club Building in Intramuros, Manila.

Recommended by the various universities and colleges in Metro Manila, Cavite and the Bicol region, the trainees embarked on familiarization tours Tuesday to the PCOO bureaus and agencies for exposures on the government media infrastructures, communications functions, programs and projects.

Through the President’s Executive Order No. 4, the PCOO is mandated to manage, control or supervise, as may be necessary, the various government agencies and offices involved in information gathering and dissemination and to coordinate and cultivate relations with the private media.

PCOO-NIB Director IV Brando F. Merrera and Assistant Director/PNA General Manager Danilo Jamora welcomed the student-trainees and expressed the PCOO bureau’s appreciation for the various universities that have joined the program as academic partners under the NIB’s news and information mission in reaching out to collegiate institutions.

PCOO-NIB through the PNA OJT joint undertaking is only one of the information programs intended for its academic partners in a bid to inform and enlighten the academe and students on the workings of the Presidency and the government.

Director Merrera presented Malacañang’s news and information bureau and its PNA regional bureaus continuing programs for academic link-ups such as lectures and professional exposures in news gathering and media activities supervised by the corps of PNA editors, bureau chiefs and PNA media specialists.

The NIB-PNA editorial team and OJT secretariat officers briefed the trainees at the PNA headquarters on the government’s official web-based news wire services and central news and information operations addressing the global demand for news and information about the country and beyond its shores.

A year before its 40th year, the PNA launched its OJT program for qualified junior and senior students in journalism, mass communications and related fields as well as media practitioners needing assistance in their professional work. It has briefed trainees how the news agency has steadily paced the highly competitive and changing arena in the field of journalism and communications.

Enabling trainees to get the “feel” of professional work and hands-on experience, the OJT program also covers educational tours, contacts with government linkages and networks and professional working relations between the government and private media.

At the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Nilo Mamaclay, head of its regional operations division, and Thelma Ronquillo of its Regional IV-B office assisted the educational tours through the PIA creative services and production division to the information agency’s multi-media and visual communications arts and the grassroots and community outreach and puppet show.

During the familiarization visit to the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS), Sel Baysa, Bureau of Broadcast Services chief for news and public affairs and Marizel Navarro from the PBS-BBS Director’s Office facilitated the students’ exposures to the government radio broadcasting, news monitoring room, radio program and production, radio magazine and talk show.

The future journalists and mass communications professionals also guested at the government’s Radyo ng Bayan (DZRB) arts and culture program “Galing ng Pinoy” (GNP). Radio broadcasters George Arceño, Rene Garcia and John Maranan hosted the “live” informal interaction with the PNA OJT trainees.

At the Peoples’ Television Network (PTV) Channel 4 complex, broadcast journalist Freddie Abando, Mila Manlangit of the station’s human resource division and tour coordinator Benson Ventayen facilitated the educational tour to the government television studios, broadcast operations, remote and satellite transmission facilities.

The Metro Manila universities who participated in the PNA OJT summer batch are the New Era University with 11 students; St. Scholastica’s College, 4; St. Paul University, Quezon City, 1; and University of the East (UE) Caloocan campus, 7.

From the Bicol region’s Partido University, five students are currently under web development and technical communications training by the PNA’s ICT professionals. Five students from the Cavite State University (CvSU) Main Campus in Indang also joined the summer program.

Centro Escolar University (CEU) in Mendiola marked as PNA’s first academic partner through a Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) forged early this year and enrolled two masscom students for the training program. The CEU students have completed the OJT program early this month.

CEU’s Monique Nellas, a PNA OJT intern, graduated the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications cum laude and a gold medalist for honor students. PCOO-NIB-PNA officials congratulated Monique for her achievements during the university’s 102nd Commencement Exercises.

President Benigno S. Aquino III graced the graduation rites April 11 where he was conferred the Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Aside from CEU, the other academic partners among Metro Manila universities include FEATI, UE Caloocan campus, St. Paul University Manila. From the provinces are Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan City, Pangasinan; University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City and the University of the Immaculate Conception in Davao City.

MOUs for the partnership program are also under consideration for Far Eastern University in Morayta, Manila; University of Santo Tomas, Lyceum of the Philippines University in Intramuros; St. Scholastica’s College in Malate; Cavite State University; New Era University and University of San Agustin in Iloilo City. (PNA) RMA/LAM/SEP/rsm


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