Researches, scientists of the Cordilleras featured in 22nd Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop


BAGUIO CITY, August 31 — Twenty journalists, information officers, and faculty members from North Luzon were accepted as fellows in the 22nd Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop that featured researches and scientists of the Cordillera Region.

From August 19 to 24, the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio campus hosted the five-day workshop with the theme “Sustainability Science: Indigenous Practices in Biodiversity and Resource Management.”

During the event, 13 scientists of the university namely Dr. Joel Addawe,  Professor Learanne Ampaguey, Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores, Dr. Teodora Balongcod, Dr. Corazon Abansi, and Dr. Dymphna Javier shared the value of their researches in the lives of residents of the Cordilleras. 

The 20 fellows and the organizers of the 22nd Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop at the UP Baguio Oblation Grounds. (Photo courtesy of the UP Journalism Dept Facebook Page)

The protection of the environment and the proper management of resources of the Cordilleras were highlighted in the studies with topics on landslides, tiger grass, golden kuhol, Cordillera textiles, languages of Benguet and Baguio like Ibaloy, Iowak, Karao, Kalanguya and Kankana-ey.  

Dr. Elena E Pernia, dean of the UP College of Mass Communications and program leader of UP Communicating Science and Technology Research and Development, said “the workshop is a flagship extension project of the College of Mass Communication – Department of Journalism.”

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“It (Workshop) aims to upgrade the journalistic skills and ethical values of the participants,” Pernia said.

The focus on science journalism training started in 2016 through the funding of CoST UP, an Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program (EIDR) of the UP System. CoST UP aims to mainstream Science and Technology in public consciousness.

The Lopez Jaena workshop has trained hundreds of community journalists from Luzon Visayas, and Mindanao since its first workshop 1985. (JNPD/ICR/PIA-1, Ilocos Sur)

Source: PIA Feed