NIA engages regional employees in writeshop

Ed. G. Yu

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay, Provincial Head of PIA

LABO, Camarines Norte, July 5 (PIA) – Pursuant to its vision of strengthening its information dissemination program, the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Bicol Regional Office engaged selected employees in a 2 –day Seminar Workshop on News and Feature Writing at Paradiso Verde Organic and Farm Resort, Barangay Malasugui, from July 4 to 5 here.

Thirty (30) potential writers representing its four Irrigation Management Offices (IMOs) covering Albay-Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Sorsogon-Masbate were objectively handpicked to serve as contributors for the agency’s local bulletin, the NIA Bicol Newsletter.

NIA’s Senior Industrial Relations Management Officer Eduardo Yu expressed his confidence that the partakers will be able to carry on the writeshop’s objective as most of them were already pre-identified based on their skills and abilities.

“We want to develop the skills of our potential writers to help NIA reach its desired audience, the reason why we came up with this activity. The newsletter will keep our stakeholders updated with the current thrusts and programs of our office,” Yu added.

NIA Public Relations Officer (PRO) Analene J. Escolano stated that their upcoming newsletter is both a challenge and an advantage for NIA.

“Coming up with a newsletter would mean pooling out whatever communication resources we have here to ensure that we will come up with a quality newsletter. It’s a challenge since most of our personnel don’t have a background in writing, yet they are all enthusiastic to learn, and that is what is important,” Escolano added.

She also mentioned that the creation of a local newsletter will be advantageous to NIA’s stakeholders since it will become a compilation of all the programs and projects that will benefit not just the organization but also the grassroots community.

Invited to share their expertise to NIA’s selected contributors were Yu who discussed feature writing and Philippine Information Agency-Camarines Sur head Ana-liza S. Macatangay who shared her knowledge on news writing.

Partakers were subjected to thorough workshop and marathon of writing and re-writing as part of the training.

 “We are looking forward to have our own local newsletter,” Escolano elatedly said and stressed that they are happy to be given a chance to help preserve the footprints of the organization through the articles that they’re going to share. (LSMacatangay-PIAV/Camarines Sur)