A total of 174 campus journalists attended a journalism conference at the Brooke’s Point Central School (BPCS) in Brooke’s Point town organized by the Department of Education (DepEd) on October 2.
Jesica Salatambos, focal person of the DepEd Clustered District School Press Conference, said the campus journalism contest aims to develop the writing skills of students in elementary and secondary levels.
Salatambos said the goal is to pick three best student writers to represent their area in the Regional School Press Conference set in Puerto Princesa City.
“Over crowded na kasi sa Puerto Princesa City kapag lahat ng kasali sa campus journalism ay isasabak sa contest, Kaya nagkaroon ng individual contest. Para sa walong categories ay pito ang i-a-acknowledge at tatlo naman ang pipiliin para isabak sa Regional School Press Conference,” Salatambos said.
The participants were from different schools in Sofronio Española and Brooke’s Point towns, she said.
Glenda Mendoza, the public school district supervisor of the DepEd School Division Office (SDO), said it is the first time to conduct the activity.
“First time na isasagawa ito ng magkakahiwalay ang mga participants sa south ang north para maka-join din ang mga batang interested and halos walang kakayahan ang magulang,” she said.
The holding of the event in Brooke’s Point is also aimed to save on transportation costs for participants.
“It is good for us here in Brooke’s Point also to Española kasi naka-less kami ng gastos sa pamasahe, unlike before na dito pa lang sa Brooke’s Point ay inaabot na kami ng tatlong shuttle. Malaking tipid lalo na sari-sariling gastos ito. Kung sa Puerto pa sabay-sabay na ginanap, gastos sa pagkain, tuluyan at pamasahe,” Salatambos said.