4,000 campus scribes, trainers gather in Butuan City for 2011 National Schools Press Confab

by Ben Serrano

     April 11, 2011


            BUTUAN CITY (PNA) - An estimated 4,000 campus journalists, trainers and Department of Education (Dep Ed) officials coming from all over the country started to arrive here in Butuan City since Saturday, Sunday and today for the five-day 2011 National Schools Press Conference slated April 11-15, 2011.


            Butuan City is this year’s host for the annual National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) which is the venue of competition among the best in campus journalism from both private and public elementary and high schools in the Philippines.


            In a press release furnished to this writer by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga regional office through OIC PIA-Caraga Regional Director Abner Caga, Butuan City Government and the Provincial Government of Agusan del Norte co-hosted the annual nationwide campus journalism event.


            Caga said that according to Department of Education-Caraga regional director Gloria D. Benigno this year’s invited keynote speaker is former Bukidnon Congressman Neric Acosta.


            The National School Press Conference’ previous host  were Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Naga City in Camarines Sur, Koronadal City in South Cotabato[2], Baguio City in Benguet, Kalibo in Aklan, Surigao City in Surigao del Norte, Laguna, Lapu-lapu City in Cebu, General Santos City and Dagupan City.


            Established in the year 1991 in pursuant to Republic Act 7079 also known as Campus Journalism Act of 1991, the press conference includes both students from the elementary and secondary level and is usually held every February.


The campus journalism  cum contest starts with the District Schools Press Conference (DSPC) where the top five in the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) in each category qualifies to the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC), from which the top three will be chosen to represent their respective regions in the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC).


Students who will compete in the National Schools Press Conference attend seminars before the actual competition.


There will be "Tagisan ng Talino", a competition tackling current events.


Preparation for the NSPC starts at the Division Level with the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC).


The editorial members of campus papers in a division compete in English or Filipino in different categories.


The top three winners for each category in each language medium are then qualified for the Regional Level. The same rules apply at the Regional Schools Press Conference. (PNA/Ben Serrano)

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