Thirty-seven (37) members of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) were given Basic Broadcaster’s Training (BBT) by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Civil Military Operations School (AFPCMOS) recently.
The 5-day training that opened on December 7, 2015 began with a ceremony graced by PTV-4 news anchorwoman, Princess Habibah Sarip, as guest of honor and speaker from whom the participants received initial glimpse of the broadcast profession as she shared her insights, some practical tips as well as her personal experience in the industry. The Deputy Commander of the CRSAFP, COL HILARIO VICENTE C LAGNADA was also present during the activity.
Important subject matters that the participants were taught include the basics of newswriting, interviewing techniques, field reporting and radio announcing, which also comprised some practical exercises that prepared them into becoming broadcast practitioner newbies. The training also included public affairs and media relations, and strategic communication which are effective tools in handling the media and dealing with various issues that the participants may face in the practice of their profession.
The training also included tours of broadcast facilities that allowed them to witness both radio and television operations up-close and a bit personal. They were brought to the DWDD Armed Forces Radio and prime commercial television network, GMA 7, and had the chance to understand where and how on-air materials are presented to the audience.
The closing rite was attended by the Secretary of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, Honorable Yasmin Busran-Lao as the guest of honor and speaker, and the Commander of the Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP), BGEN JOSELITO E KAKILALA.
BGEN KAKILALA, who was a past Spokesman of the AFP, encouraged the graduates to spread the truth when they speak to and through the media.
Secretary Lao, on the other hand, expressed her gratitude to the AFP for giving the NCMF participants the opportunity to learn about and familiarize themselves to the wonderful world of the media, emphasizing how the newly acquired skill would help their officials in their respective responsibilities.
The participants were one in saying that they have learned a lot and enjoyed the process immensely, stressing that they are looking forward to the advanced phase of the same training, and wishing that their other colleagues at the NCMF would also experience the same. The Commandant, MAJOR EDGARDO V. TALAROC, JR. responded by saying that more trainings of the same kind would be given in the future.
–(Anabel T. Lasaten)