Lagman (in blue shirt and khaki shorts) of Samar First
District Engineering Office gets a first-hand experience in
handling drone operation.
Information Officers take training to new heights
BON JOSEPH N. ASTILLA
March 27, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
Public Information Officers (PIOs) of the Department of Public Works
and Highways (DPWH) Region VIII upgrade their skills during the
first quarterly meeting on March 22-23, 2018 in Tanauan, Leyte.
Hosted by the joint efforts of Leyte I, II, III District Engineering
Offices and Tacloban City District Engineering Office, the meeting
cum workshop tackles drone operation among many others.
The technical name of
drones is “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (UAVs). They are trending
aerial vehicles which come in wide varieties of sizes and shapes and
functions, which are controlled either by remote or control systems
from the ground. The PIOs take advantage of such device to further
up their game in the field of documentation as well as make use of
it in audio-visual presentations. In the workshop, PIOs get to have
basic knowledge of the tool and equal opportunities in actual flying
it to film and capture pictures in high altitude.
though will be wasted if not properly disseminated by appropriate
means. This is where improving media relations come into play which
is the topic of the resource speaker, Mr. Sarwell Q. Meniano, an
editor in the Philippines News Agency. He provided pointers in
making press releases that will land media coverage as well as
steadily trekking the tricky and fragile relationships with the
media. Ms. Antonieta R. Lim, Regional Public Assistance and
Information Officer, and her staff added some updates with the
Communication Development Program in line with the continuing
capability-building effort for PIO designates and it’s alternate.
The training culminates
with Mr. Sarwell Q. Meniano leaving a reminder, “Never assume that
others know what you know. Submitting a story online means you are
reaching to a global audience who are not familiar with local and
technical terms. Think global in this digital age.”