DepEd lauds student journos for successful 2018 Palaro coverage

PASIG CITY, May 2, 2018 — The Department of Education (DepEd), through its Public Affairs Service (PAS), applauded the student journalists for their successful reportage of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa from April 15 to 21 in Ilocos Sur.

“Our student journalists have effectively captured the highlights and side stories of one of the Department’s biggest programs. We are very pleased with their outputs, and foresee a bright future for all of them, which is why we will continue to implement trainings to further hone their skills,” DepEd Assistant Secretary for PAS and Alternative Learning System G.H. Ambat enthused.

Throughout the week, the student journalists – sports writers and photojournalists who joined and won the 2018 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) – from all over the country comprehensively covered and shared stories of hope, inspiration, loss, determination, and success of Palaro athletes, coaches, implementers and organizers, partners, and other stakeholders.

Sports Journalism seminar

Prior to their coverage, the student journalists and their school paper advisers attended the sports journalism seminar conducted by DepEd, in coordination with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) at the NSCC Hotel in Caoayan, Ilocos Sur from April 13 to 14.

The seminar sought to develop among student journalists a thorough understanding of Philippine grassroots sports, the programs that help cultivate and promote it, and ways to share related content with the public through their coverage of DepEd’s flagship sports program. The seminar, consists of a writeshop on sports news and feature writing, and discussions on photography and coverage of multi-sports events, prepared approximately 170 budding sports journalists for their week-long task.

“As a participant, I can say that this seminar is really helpful. I learned a lot of things, particularly in writing. It was a good experience,” said Edjean Corpuz.

Exemplary stories

While this venture was not rolled out as a competition, recognition was given to outstanding write-ups and photographs produced after the coverage of the Palaro opening ceremonies held at the President Quirino Stadium on April 15.

For story writing, Region VII (Central Visayas) scored the highest, followed by Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) and Region II (Cagayan Valley), respectively. For photojournalism, Region VII scored the highest, while Region V (Bicol) and the National Capital Region tied for second, followed by Region IV-B.
The awarding ceremony was graced by ASec. Ambat, PIA Director for Region I Jennilyne Role, and SunStar Davao sports editor Marianne Abalayan.
“In this age of ’fake news’ and changing digital technology, we need writers who will tell true stories – based on what they see, what they hear, and what they know,” ASec. Ambat shared.

The students’ stories and photographs may be viewed at,, and at


With reports from Marvin Taca, Cheena Brea Nartatez, Augie Boy Lorenzana, Irene Javillonar, and Karrina June Panelo
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