It was quite a convivial day for the Municipality of Dalaguete as aspiring elementary and secondary campus journalists from north to south, east to west armed with their passion for the written expression came together to battle it out in a friendly competition to claim their spot for the regionals in the recently concluded Division Schools Press Conference themed “Empowering Resilient Communities through Campus Journalism”.

In the opening program, Mr. Luis Carin, DNHS principal welcomed everyone. He also gave a few words about journalism and said that a Journalist should have a nose for news, tell the truth, not be afraid of people, and be knowledgeable with style. Dr. Mary Ann P. Flores, education supervisor (ES) I-English, expressed her gratitude to the community of Dalaguete for accepting the challenge to host the event. She also explained the rationale of the event, that the conduct of this activity is in pursuant to Republic Act No. 7079, otherwise known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991 and this conference aims to enhance journalistic competence through healthy and friendly competitions, sustain advocacy on social consciousness, promote responsible journalism and fair and ethical use of social media and select the Division’s representatives to the Regional Schools Press Conference. In addition she quoted Francis Bacon, “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man,’ further elaborating, “Reading you gain knowledge of the world around you. If you can confer with others, only then will you be ready for change. Writing is helpful to express oneself.” Dr. Isaias Wagas, DepEd private schools coordinator and a member of the preparation team for senior high school, reminded these young aspiring journalists that, “The practice of the profession is considered a constitutional privilege coupled with responsibility and full accountability of whatever we write.”

There were eight individual categories both in English and Filipino being News writing, Editorial writing, Feature writing, Copy reading and headline writing, science writing, photo journalism, editorial cartooning, and sports writing. Radio Broadcasting was the only group contest being contended on. Here is the list of winners as provided by the DSPC Secretariat. They qualified to the Regional Schools Press Conference to be held in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.

Hosting events like this is not new to the municipality since countless of activities were already catered in the past and more are envisioned to be set in the future. Two venues were utilized for billeting being the Dalaguete National High School and Dalaguete Central Elementary School. Opening and Awarding ceremonies were held at the Dalaguete Sports Complex.