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UP Community Broadcasters’ Society offered a two-day workshop for students in ‘Ikaw at Ako, Devcom: A Crash Course on Key Devcom Competencies’

Key to Devcom survival

The UP Community Broadcasters Society (UP ComBroadSoc), in partnership with the Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications (DDBT) of the College of Development Communication (CDC), conducted “Ikaw at Ako, Devcom: A Crash Course on Key Devcom Competencies” last October 2 and October 3 through a Zoom meeting. The event aimed to impart initial knowledge about life in Development Communication and share some tips on how the participants can make their journey a meaningful and enjoyable one. It was attended by 75 participants dispersed from Mt. Province in Luzon to Davao City in Mindanao. Most of the participants are BSDC students from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB); some are also from Bicol University, Occidental Mindoro State College, Laguna State University, and graduate students from UP Open University.

On Insightful Sharing

The interactive discussion was started by Mr. Ryan Jay Galang, a University Research Associate of CDC UPLB, which revolved around broadcasting tips and background on the DDBT extension projects such as Dito Sa Laguna (DSL) in DZLB: Ang Tinig ng Kaunlaran. It was immediately followed by the discussion of Ms. Katrina Guanio, a Research Officer for Assessment, Curriculum and Technology Research Centre (ACTRC) of UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies about conflict resolution when engaging with stakeholders in community organizations. The second day was started with some tips on promoting development through news and finding the right angle in reporting of Ms. Camille Victoria M. Fernandez, a Congress TV reporter of TV5. It was then followed by a fruitful discussion of Mr. Mark Lester Chico, an Assistant Professor from UPLB and a member of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, who talked about the Community Broadcasting in the times of pandemic. Finally, the event ended with an engaging discussion of Mr. Jirehmar Isles, a Program and Research Assistant at Ateneo School of Government, on preparing to work in the development field as a development communication undergraduate. 

The voice of the participants

“Initially I was scared and clueless upon taking devcom and I am planning to shift next sem but this crash course happened and served as my eye opener to actually widen my knowledge to the issues happening within the community after hearing the insights and perspectives of the speakers.”-  Mayet Ballesteros, BS Devcom student of Occidental Mindoro State College.

The event engaged the participants not just with the key tips to survive devcom but also with how they are going to present themselves in the real world. The speakers allowed them to see the path that is waiting for them in real life outside the university with the community. Indeed, the key to devcom isn’t caged with skills but with how one is ready to serve the public and the community as a whole.


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