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Conflict-affected communities in Kalinga train on Basic Communication Skills

Updated: Jan 4, 2022


Tabuk City, Kalinga – To empower communities and help them counter left narratives, representatives from conflict-affected communities in Kalinga trained for basic communication skills in news writing, photography, news analysis and countering fake news.


The training was held this December 22 and 23 in Bulanao, Tabuk City for barangays Apatan, Amacian, Ba-ay, Limos, Wagod, Ballayangon, Asibanglan in Pinukpuk; Guinaang in Pasil; Upper Uma in Lubuagan; and Malling , Dao-angan, Balantoy, Gawaan, Talalang, Mabaca, Buaya, and Poswoy in Balbalan.


The lectures and workshop on Basic News Writing or Critiquing were done by information officers from the Philippine Information Agency; and lectures and workshop on Basic Photography, graphics, and spotting fake news in social media content from Guru Press.

"In a world where digital communication is the norm and the production of digital information can be done by anyone with a gadget, such training is needed to capacitate individuals, especially those sectors vulnerable to propaganda and fake news," said Guru Press Cordillera Lecturer.


Additionally, the attendees were also briefed about the rationale of Executive Order 70 by the Department of Interior and Local Government; deceitful acts of CPP-NDF-NPA by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency; and the participants were given updates on insurgency from the 503rd Brigade.

During the event, it was explained that the activity is among the activities of the Strategic Communications Cluster of the Provincial Task Force in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) which aimed at empowering the representatives tapped to help disseminate information to counter the propaganda of the communist terrorist group.


“Adda dagitoy ta iti ayan iti labanan gamin tatta ket itoy surat, social media and kasi nalaing iti kalaban met lang iti panang-awis na iti tao,” Peter Balocnit, the Manager of the Philippine Information Agency Kalinga added.


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