The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication, together with the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), UNESCO Jakarta Office, and Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), conducted the Workshop on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Reporting in the Journalism Education Curriculum in ASEAN Countries, December 9-10, 2014, at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City, Philippines.
The countries represented at the two-day workshop were Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, the Philippines, Cambodia, and Thailand. Over 50 were in attendance, including department heads, teachers, and students of communication and journalism units of colleges and universities; print and broadcast media professionals from the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (PECOJON), Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, and 9TV/CNN Philippines; and members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Center for Disaster Preparedness (CDP).
AIJC president Ramon R. Tuazon recently completed two missions to Bhutan to conduct a capacity assessment of Bhutan media in cooperation with International Media Support (IMS) and QED, a local consultancy firm. IMS is an international media NGO established in 2001 to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. IMS is based in Denmark. The assessment project is supported by the Swedish Development Cooperation (SDC).
A more confident and inspired group of education specialists emerged after undergoing a three-day training course on Effective Public Speaking for the K to 12 Speakers’ Bureau that was conducted by AIJC.
The training aimed to equip participants with adequate knowledge about the K to 12 Program and enhance their public speaking skills to better communicate K to 12 to various stakeholders. The training also served as their first step towards becoming K to 12 champions.
UNICEF Philippines and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) in partnership with ABS-CBN Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo (BMPM), conducted a two-day seminar on Citizen Journalism.
The first batch of a series of citizen journalism seminars for the youth was conducted in Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion, Roxas City, Capiz, on October 8-9, 2014 with 48 in-school and out-of-school youth participants.
The municipalities of President Roxas and Jamindan in Capiz held family bazaars, also referred to as information/service caravans, on October 18 and 22, respectively. Over 250 community members attended each event.
Ms. Olivia Celeste Montecillo-Villafuerte, member of the AIJC Board of Trustees and its current treasurer, has been appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU). Her stint begins this school year, 2014-2015. She succeeds Dr. Melissa Alcazaren.
Ms. Villafuerte was chair of the Communication Arts department for three years before becoming dean. She now leads the faculty of the five academic departments of the School of Arts and Sciences: Communication Arts, Environment, Family Life, Psychology, and Social Sciences. As Arts and Sciences dean, she also oversees the offering of General Education courses.
Mr. Rod G. Cornejo, member of the AIJC Board of Trustees, was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for his invaluable contribution as member of the National Teachers’ Month Coordinating Council during the Partners’ Appreciation Dinner hosted by Metrobank Foundation.
The Council planned and implemented the nationwide observance of National Teachers’ Month from 05 September to 04 October 2014.
iCollege celebrated the graduation of 15 TESDA-sponsored students enrolled in its Visual Graphics Design NCIII Qualification. The course ran from August to October 2014 and covered hands-on training on Design and Layout Basics, Print Media Using InDesign, Web Development, Packaging Design, and Product and Window Display.