Education officials and the Palawan press met last week to thresh out the department’s protocols in covering education stories in Palawan.

Department of Education (DepEd) Region IV-B MIMAROPA regional public affairs unit head Sherelyn Laquindanum said the meet-and-greet’s main objective was to establish a strong relationship with the media in addressing various issues that concern the education sector.

“We’ve been doing this for the second year now,” Laquindanum said. She explained that their intention is for media practitioners to have direct interaction with their news sources.

During the occasion dubbed “Kamustahan sa MIMAROPA: Conversation with our Media Partners”, DepEd officials explained the organizational structure of the department and ways by which the media may be able to reach their news sources.

Laquindanum said their goal is to support the DepEd’s commitment to strengthen its communications initiative and expand its information advocacy.

“Kayo po ang puwede naming maging partner sa information dissemination para maiwasan ang pag-spread ng fake news. Kasi minsan ang relationship ng media, minsan make or break, puwede niyo kaming siraan and puwede niyo kaming i-build up. Mas maganda sana mas positive ang relationship kasi kami naman is willing to help you and also sana kayo is willing to help us,” she said.

Dr. Natividad Bayubay, DepEd division superintendent, allayed concerns that the department’s media interview protocols will hinder the work of the press.

“We are just representatives of the secretary so we need authority from the authority to represent them on matters… so, they set the protocol that if you are not the person or the ultimate authority on the matter, you might as well go through this so you can share. Ganoon naman sa amin,” Bayubay said.

“The media can definitely help us, to promote programs that we need to push, we need you there,” she added.

Dr. Mabel Musa, OIC assistant schools division superintendent of Puerto Princesa Division representing superintendent Dr. Servillano Arzaga, said they are hoping that the Kamustahan will be a way to have open communication with the local media.

“Kami po ay umaasa rin na sa pamamagitan ng gawaing ito, sa pangunguna ng regional office ay magkakaroon tayo ng magandang relasyon. Bukas na channel ng pag-uusap para sa mga impormasyon, na kinakailangan ninyo mula sa amin, at mga impormasyon naman na kailangan namin mula sa inyo, ” she said.