By CHELSEA C. QUIJANO
June 16, 2016
BILIRAN – “It is heart-warming to know that the PIO’s of Region VIII do not stop to equip themselves with the necessary skills to perform their tasks under the Development Communication Program.”
This was emphasized by Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Samar 1st District Engineering Office Assistant District Engineer, Loreto M. Cedro as he delivers his welcome remarks to the Public Information Officers (PIO) of DPWH-Region VIII during its seminar workshop under Communication Development Program on June 9-10, 2016 held at Marju Krissel Hotel & Restaurant, Brgy. San Policarpo, Calbayog City.
The seminar was hosted by DPWH- Samar 1st District Engineering Office thru its PIO Designate, Ma. Nenita Gomez and thru the initiative of Regional P.I.O, Ms. Antonietta R. Lim.
Several PIOs from different District Engineering Offices (DEOs) in the region participated the event with the aim to acquire and develop skills under the Communication Development Program.
Topics focused during the seminar were the Newsletter Production and Beyond Basic Photography by Mr. Nhero Veraflor as a Resource Speaker.
On the first day of the seminar, lecture-discussion on Basic Photography was taught to the participants concentrating on the different photo composition. It was a very productive day for the PIOs wherein after the lecture-discussion, they were able to visit different sites of infrastructure projects of the DPWH -Samar 1st DEO as their subject for the photoshoot.
From the on-going construction of 2-storey school building for Senior High School to the completed Diversion Road Project and Flood Control Projects, PIOs were able to explore different ways to take pictures on infrastructure projects of DWPH.
“I’m glad that there is this kind of seminar conducted to DPWH-PIOs because this is really helpful in making our reports.” said one of the participants.
The critiquing of pictures was conducted on the second and last day of the seminar-workshop. This activity gave much more learning to the participants as they were able to pin point their needs of improvement in taking pictures. The rest of the seminar was allotted on a lecture discussion about newsletter production again by Mr. Veraflor as the resource speaker.
Lots of questions from different DEOs were raised to Mr. Veraflor as many of these District Engineering Offices receives negative assessments from the Regional Office on their newsletters. Some of these were on the lay-outs, the captions, pictures, etc. but it was all clarified by the resource speaker.
Having not enough time, DPWH PIO’s agreed to continue the topic with hands-on activity in making newsletter on their next Seminar Workshop which will be tentatively held in the month of September, 2016.
The continuous conduct of seminar workshop with DPWH-PIOs will improve the capacity of the designated District PIOs on their duties and responsibilities and enhance their commitment to the department’s goal to continuously inform the public of its programs, policies and projects within their respective area of jurisdictions.