LGU, CWG sponsor media orientation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 November 2013 14:40

Members of the Zamboanga media including information officers of vital agencies and select campus journalists and instructors took part in a day-long orientation/training Saturday, November 23, designed to familiarize participants on the dynamics of communicating with disaster affected communities.
Organized by the City Government and the Communication with Disaster Affected Communities Working Group (CWG) in coordination with the UN-Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), the media orientation specifically tackled about humanitarian coordination system and humanitarian principles; LGU rehabilitation plans and current efforts; gender-based violence, child protection and protection against sexual abuse and exploitation and reporting stories on vulnerable children.
Mayor Beng Climaco led the list of resource speakers that also included representatives from the International humanitarian organization such as the UN-Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Save the Children Zamboanga Emergency Response.
Mayor Climaco thanked the members of the media for their support and cooperation to the city’s efforts, as she cited the very essential role played by the private media at the height of the crisis and even after the crisis.
Wouter De Cuyper, OCHA OIC-Zamboanga Office underscored the importance of the media orientation in the pursuit for a coordinated and synergized communication and information mechanism in the Zamboanga crisis.
The 30 participants represented the various media outfits and correspondents group in the city including information officers from the police, military and other vital national government agencies and select campus journalists and professors from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Western Mindanao State University and the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College.
Most participants found the orientation very enlightening, informative and one experience that would serve as their guide in their daily news gathering and reporting routine.
The CWG works with a committed cross-sector CDAC approach in order to establish a well-coordinated communication mechanism supporting all the humanitarian actors. The CWG brings together all actors working in communications and those directly engaged in communicating with internally displaced persons (IDPs). 
CWG partners include the City Government Communication Team, Philippine Information Agency Regional office, Department of Social Welfare and Development- Regional Office, Humanitarian Country Team (UN agencies and the Philippine International Non-Government Organizations or the PINGON) and local implementing partners. — Sheila Covarrubias