SDO Lipa partners with STI to propel first e-DSPC, eyes higher rank in RSPC
The Schools Division of Lipa City tied up with Systems Technology Institute (STI) Lipa Campus to power the first electronically-run Division Schools Press Conference which promotes faster, hassle-free and tamper-proof registration of participants and tabulation of official results.
Designed and created by STI’s Information Technology (IT) experts, the system which may be viewed online through depedlipacj.com allows school paper advisers to register participants in the different contest categories where students’ room assignment and seat number are automatically determined by the system.
System administrators, meanwhile, may determine the individual and overall winners by means of electronically generated codes the system provides upon registration.
In a statement, Dr. Marife T. Morcilla, Education Program Supervisor in-charge of Journalism, expressed her thanks to STI for helping SDO Lipa come up with a mechanism to better manage the conduct of the DSPC. She also emphasized how the system can be of help in eliminating clouds of doubt with regards the contest results.
“This year, we needed lesser time and lesser people to facilitate all the processes from beginning to end,” added Dr. Morcilla.
CJs turned practitioners inspire new breed of Lipeño CJs
Roughly two decades after their remarkable plight in school press conferences, two Lipeño campus journalists who are now successful media practitioners, graced the opening ceremonies of this year’s Lipa City DSPC to share their experiences and inspire everyone present during the event.
Dewey Joseph G. Yap, a Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter since 2005, had his first exposure in campus journalism as a student-journalist at Inusloban-Marawoy Elementary School. He finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at University of the Philippines Diliman in 2004.
In his keynote speech, Yap pointed out the importance of pursuing one’s passion in life, emphasizing the need to hold onto dreams albeit whatever struggles there may be on the way.
Yap has received numerous journalism-related recognitions from the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) and other popular award-giving bodies.
Meanwhile, Val Balita, the news anchor of TV Patrol Southern Tagalog, is a copyreader from Inusloban-Marawoy Elementary School during his elementary years. He also served as one of the staff of The Scholar, official publication of Lipa City Science National High School.
In his speech, he reminded student-journalists to be responsible users of social media, pointing out how social media platforms can be used as a tool to propagate criminality.
On Senior High participation in the DSPC
Schools with senior high school offerings seemed to be on top of the overall results of the city division’s recently concluded DSPC.
Numerous grade 11 student-journalists from both public and private senior high schools were lauded during the awarding rites held at SM City Lipa’s event center, September 26.
Rose Ann C. Sauz, former editor-in-chief of Lipa City National High School’s Lipeños’ Cup, shared how her participation in press conferences and campus journalism workshops during her elementary and junior high school years have contributed much to her victory now that she is in grade 11.
“Sobrang laki po talaga ng naitulong ng training ko in the past years. It’s as if naging bahagi na ng sistema ko ang iba’t-ibang structure and style ng mga sinusulat ko,” said Sauz.
Sauz, together with other student-journalists who landed in the top five spots of the different categories during the DSPC will undergo series of intensive training to fully prepare for this year’s Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC).
With its thrust to obtain a higher rank in the RSPC, SDO Lipa has also launched several campus journalism enhancement programs to pull off a remarkable performance in this year’s RSPC to be hosted by Schools Division of Batangas City this coming December.
John Lerry F. Villalobos
Lipa City NHS