GENERAL SANTOS CITY—A total of 56 Information Officers (IOs) from different BARMM ministries and offices underwent a 5-day training workshop on communication advocacy and best practices on documentation on Sept. 5-9, 2022 in this city.
The Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) organized the activity and spearheaded by the Social Development Fund-Special Project Management Office (SDF-PMO).
Provision of technical know-how and appreciation on document best practices in the implementation of programs, projects and activities (PPAs) were part of the activity’s prime objectives.
“As IOs of the Bangsamoro Government, you have a big role in informing the public about what was happening in the BARMM that affects the communities in the region,” said Judy Giguiento, information specialist and one of the resource persons.
“With all the good accomplishments of BARMM, your role is to expose and showcase such facts and true progress in the region by informing the public through writing,” Giguiento said.
SDF-PMO for Coordination Melanie Indar emphasized that obtaining “right and accurate information” is an important duty of IOs since they provide public awareness using facts which will serve as basis for data documentation.
“The knowledge you have gained from the 5-day workshop could be used to rebuild, rehabilitate, and develop our Bangsamoro conflict-affected communities in the BARMM,” Indar said.
Meanwhile, one of participants from the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE) Zubair Guiaman said: “This kind of training is essential because if our delivered services and programs are properly documented, the preceding projects would be enhanced and definitely could initiate room for improvement,” he said.
Among the highlights of the discussions during the workshop include: revisiting communication principles, elements, barriers, citizen journalism, writing skills, art and essence of dialogue, non-violent communication, photo-journalism, and documentation of best practices. (Kasan Usop, Jr./BIO)