PCO brings Campus CommUnity Caravan in UMak

The Presidential Communications Office (PCO) organized a 2-day Campus CommUnity Caravan aimed to educate students with the Bagong Pilipinas campaign, the importance of media and to provide a hands-on experience in radio broadcasting, TV production, and live streaming.


CommUnity Caravan Discussion

University President, Prof. Elyxzur Ramos appreciated that PCO extended their initiative to the university. He emphasized that the event will give an idea how to properly discern what is true.

Though PCO Secretary could not be physically present, she highlighted the goal of the caravan, “Magsisilbing bagong paraan ng PCO ang caravan na ito upang makapagbigay ng kaalaman sa taong bayan ukol sa mga adhikain at hangarin ng ating ahensya..” Secretary Atty. Cheloy Velicaria-Garafil.

Through video conference, Cagayan State University’s Emeritus Professor Fr. Ranhilio Aquino discussed the concept of Bagong Pilipinas, promoting pride and confidence of the Filipino citizens. He further encouraged the attendees to participate in the country’s transformation and progress.

Then, Undersecretary Gerald Baria gave an in-depth look in the media coverage using modern technology. He explained the considerations for choosing an equipment and the media technology evolution.

Assistant Secretary Rowena Otida expounded the importance of covering the President’s activities like details about amending policy guidelines, attending outside country conferences and meetings with the leadership of other nations. She also stated that the intention is to keep the public informed of the administration’s plans.

DZRH Reporter Karen Ow-Young discussed the objectives of news entities and private media perspective in covering the government. She shared how the government and media collaborate in delivering news to the public. She also explained the media’s essential roles in government.

The morning session ended with Undersecretary Honey Rose Mercado inviting the students to participate in the booths they prepared. She also extended gratitude to the students for attending the event.

Afternoon session

The discussion continued in the afternoon with Lead Compliance officer Trish Maranan describing the function of Freedom of Information – Program Management Office (FOI-PMO) and the types of information can be requested.

Engagement Officer Hennesy Ozawa gave a detailed walkthrough on how to process an FOI request. She shared the steps and tips in making a request in the website and how long it will take.

Then they reviewed the topics about FOI-PMO by quizzing the participants about the details that was explained in the presentation. They gave out merchandise as prizes for correct answers.

Followed by Media Information Literacy Co-Founder Melinda Quinones, she elaborated the value of media and information literacy. She also discussed media’s meanings, impact and expression, and how today’s media society provide solid outcomes.


News Agencies’ Booths

Students and employees alike tried out the booths set up by different news agencies where they had mock auditions in tv and radio broadcasting. Some also tried to maneuver the new pieces of equipment used in production.

And others tried delivering a speech using a state-of-the-art teleprompter. There was also a singing audition for aspiring singers. The students were grateful with the first-hand experience and hoping that the caravan would reach other schools.

The caravan helped spread awareness of fake news and misinformation with their interactive and informative activities.

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