BANCASI, Butuan City – 31 personnel coming from the Philippine Army (PA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) enhanced their skills as they completed the 3-Day News Writing Training held at Headquarters of 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade, Philippine Army located at Brgy Bancasi this City.

In partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, the Basic News Writing Training participated by twenty one (21) personnel of the 402nd Infantry (Stingers) Brigade and ten (10) personnel of Butuan City Police Office (BCPO) formally culminated in a Closing Ceremony on July 20, 2019.

“We are very grateful for including us in this training. It really helped us a lot in learning the skills in news writing and the proper way of conveying our messages to the people”, Police Corporal Mabilog of BCPO expressed at the trainings culmination ceremony

During the training, participants underwent a series of workshops and presentations. They were subjected to straightforward critiquing from the subject matter experts of PIA Caraga to evaluate and improve their individual outputs.

1st Lieutenant Jayson Tulang from 36IB under the 402nd Brigade said that his expectation on the training were surpassed. The skills he learned were exceptional considering the limited number of training days. “Our skills were clearly enhanced. Not only did we learn about how to craft a news release but also using the info graphics to reinforce on how we convey our stories and to the intended audience. We are very thankful to PIA for painstakingly guiding us”.

The closing ceremony was attended by Col Maurito L Licudine, the 402nd Brigade Commander and the Keynote Speaker together with Mr Fryan Abkilan, Assistant Regional Director of PIA Caraga and Col Cerilo C Balaoro Jr, Deputy Brigade Commander.

In his speech, Col Licudine conveyed his heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the PIA Caraga for the overwhelming support to the training and lending their precious time in sharing their expertise and knowledge in the realm of news writing and information to Army and PNP personnel. “I would like to congratulate the participants coming from different battalion and combat support units together with the PNP personnel of Butuan city for enduring the training. I am confident that the participants learned a lot as they go back to their respective units with the acquired learning and skills, they will be able to contribute to the information operation guided by the accomplishment of our mission in line with our campaign to end the local communist armed conflict.

“It is essential that we continue to equip and enhance our soldier’s skills not only in combat but also in the aspect of news writing especially the knowledge to convey the Army’s message effectively and appropriately to its intended audience. This will ensure that our soldiers have the ability to efficiently propagate and amplify the Army’s professionalism in performing its mandate to serve the people and secure the land in line with the Army’s Transformation Roadmap professionalizing our ranks to attain our vision as a world class Army that is a source of national pride”, Col Licudine ended.