VIGAN CITY (PIA) — To polish their skills in graphic design and Ilocano orthography and journalism, over 100 government information officers from various agencies in Ilocos Sur joined the training by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Ilocos Sur Information Center.
On October 23, government communicators from the province participated in the whole-day online training workshop held via Zoom.
The designated information officers and social media handlers from government agencies, local government units as well as the provincial government were in attendance.
Jolina-Anne C. Lavaro, Audio-Visual Aids Technician II of the PIA Regional Office I, discussed graphic design, particularly with the use of Canva design website, and provided feedback to social media cards submitted by the participants during the workshop.
She emphasized the importance of maintaining the branding or the identity of their respective agencies in their designs to prevent disinformation.
Meanwhile, Neyo Valdez, Executive Council Member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts – National Committee on Literary Arts provided a lecture on Ilocano Orthography and Journalism.
He explained key concepts in writing Ilocano news compared to writing in the English language.
He also pointed out common mistakes in Ilocano orthography found in published articles during the workshop where attendees were asked to revise excerpts of the articles.
Kristine Pre, designated information officer of the DPWH Ilocos Sur Second District Engineering Office, who was one of the active participants during the training workshop said, “I am grateful to PIA – Ilocos Sur for introducing us, their fellow information officers the free design tool, Canva which is a big help in producing media cards and other graphic designs.”
“I also appreciate the Ilokano Orthography since I have not tried writing in the Ilokano dialect yet. With the learning imparted by our speaker, reaching out to our local audience, especially those who are adept in the Ilokano dialect, will not be a problem anymore,” she added.
Moreover, Graceshel Trinidad, information officer of Banayoyo town, said their learnings will help them a lot in accomplishing their job, particularly during abrupt and unexpected situations.
The PIA – Ilocos Sur also initiated the assembly of the Ilocos Sur Association of Government Information Officers (ISAGIO) prior to the activity.
Further, a new set of officers of the ISAGIO were elected during the assembly. (JCR/JPD/ATV, PIA Ilocos Sur)