DepEd San Juan Holds Division Schools Press Conference 2019

Seventeen schools from private and public schools of San Juan City gathered to compete with in the Division Schools Press Conference (DSPC) which officially opened at Pinaglabanan Elementary School on Wednesday, 11 September 2019.

Around 200 campus journalists from elementary and secondary schools in the public and private schools exhibited their journalistic skills in individual contests, radio script writing and broadcasting contests, and collaborative desktop publishing contests.

The 2019 DSPC kicked off early morning of Wednesday for the opening program where the keynote speaker Mr. Raymund M. Garlitos, a practicing journalist and a renowned author, talked about the significance of journalism and why it should be learned and practiced earlier in the school.

The contest proper started immediately right after the program. All contestants were ushered to their respective rooms by trained Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of the Philippines (BSPs and GSPs) of the host school, Pinaglabanan Elementary School. Master Teachers from different public schools were designated as proctors for the activities. Along with these student-journalists were their school paper advisers and coaches who were among the spectators praying their bets to win.

The DSPC 2019 was conducted for three days – 11, 12, and 17 September. Individual contests were held on the first day along with the collaborative desktop publishing while the remaining contests namely, the radio script writing and broadcasting and editorial cartooning contests were done the following day at the division conference hall. On the third day was the awarding of winners and recognition of campus journalists who will advance to the Regional School Press Conference 2019 which will be held on 8 October 2019 at Teodora Alonzo Elementary School in DepEd Manila.

With the theme, “Fostering 21st Century Skills and Character-based Education Through Campus Journalism,” the DSPC upholds the Intellectual Property Rights concerning on the policy on plagiarism.

The San Juan City Division Schools Press Conference was successfully concluded through the guidance and leadership of Ms. Marnelli Tolentino, Education Program Supervisor-English, and Ms. Eulafel Pascual, Education Program Supervisor-Filipino, together with the school paper advisers from different schools who worked as technical staff.

Article written by:

Marissa T. Acuña (Teacher II, San Juan Senior High School)

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