Celso challenges young scribes to do the right thing PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2011 15:22

Mayor Celso Lobregat Monday urged participants to the 2011 Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) to “use the power of journalism to do the right things” stressing that there must be a striking balance between the right to information and people’s rights.

Speaking before the over 1,300 campus journalists from all over Region 9 at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School gym in Sta. Maria, the mayor also challenged the young scribes to always remember that journalism is not just about writing but more importantly it is about telling the truth.

The multi-category competition, which anchors on the theme “Promoting Digital Literacy through Campus Journalism”, drew over 1,300 participants and school paper advisers from the different elementary and secondary schools in the region from Dec. 12-14.

Being the qualifiers from the divisions they represent, the contestants competed for the best school organ and other categories to determine who will in turn represent the region for the national contest.

Mayor Lobregat expressed appreciation to the Department of Education for choosing Zamboanga as venue for the RSPC, which serves as a forum for the rising generation of young writers in the region.

In his message, the Mayor also conceded that the present generation is very fortunate to live in the era where information can be relayed and gathered with ease because of digital technology. However, he said, as young writers, the participants must remember that journalism is not just about writing but more importantly it is about truth.

The chief executive likewise acknowledged that the “power of the pen is mightier than any form of weapon”, however, he emphasized such power must be used responsibly.

Meanwhile, to add more spice to the activity, the mayor challenged the participants to join a “special writing competition”-other than the scheduled and regular contests, where interested participants will be writing about the Plaza Pershing, City Hall and other city landmarks where the Christmas spirit is abundantly notable.
The Mayor shelled out P15, 000 as prizes for winners of both elementary and secondary levels under the literary, editorial cartooning, news writing and editorial writing categories.

Also present during the opening ceremonies of the RSPC were City Councilor Rudy Lim, Department of education Regional Director Dr. Walter Albos with his Assistant Dr. Habib Adzhar Sarahadil, Chief of Secondary Education Division DR. Jahila Sangkula, Chief of Elementary Education Division Dr. Eugene Penales, Zamboanga City Division of Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad and other officials from the different divisions. — Richard Aliangan