DOST, PIA hold training on news writing in Tarlac
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) organized a training for Project Municipal Innovation through Science and Technology (MIST) coordinators in Tarlac City on news writing.
The training program was aimed at teaching the coordinators to “write effective stories for dissemination in various media platforms for transparency of government projects,” according to the PIA.
DOST Provincial Director Karen Dañez said that with the workshop, MIST coordinators may be agents of spreading factual and good stories.
“Nowadays, misinformation and disinformation is rampant in the digital media. We hope that through this we can communicate true information and stories of our programs in our respective municipalities and city,” she added.
PIA Assistant Regional Director Carlo Lorenzo Datu said it was high time DOST was recognized not only for its scholarship programs but also for science-based solutions they contribute to the society.
“Before, we only know DOST as agency providing scholarship grants, now we are informed that they have many programs to offer and we aim to spread this information to the grassroots,” he said.
Tarlac Information Center Manager Trixie Joy Manalili emphasized in her lecture the importance of information in saving lives and leading community development.
“Let us not let our achievements sit on our accomplishment reports alone. Let us let the public know of our programs and how they can benefit from it through news writing,” she said.
Project MIST seeks to forward DOST programs closer to communities in the province. It is being implemented in partnership with the provincial government of Tarlac, municipal governments, Tarlac State University, and PIA.
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