In NABUA, Camarines Sur, Feb.2 (PIA) -- In line with the government’s thrust to creatively manage its information dissemination campaign, the Department of Interior and Local Government spearheaded a communication seminar held recently at the Macagang Business Center.
Communication Specialist and Consultant Jose Reuben Alagaran, reiterated the very core why communication should be given a significant place for the effective management of the local government. Communication, he said, creates awareness, educate the public, drums up support for the LGUs programs , promotes public acceptance of government policies and programs, modify behavior and generate mutual understanding between the local government officials and their constituents.
The participants were also taught how to make a communication plan which allows a system for allocating, prioritizing and ensuring the equitable and efficient use of the limited communication resources of the municipality. Communication plan can also be used to reinforce the LGU’s advocacy and address a specific concern or issue.
The Media and Communication Exercises for municipal information officers was meant to utilize the writing prowess of each participant and embark on a worthy endeavor of informing their respective constituents of the government’s programs and activities.
In order to materialize this endeavor, the participants created an organization that would embody the set of guidelines that they intend to equip themselves. Thus, the Bicol Information and Communication Officers League or BICOL was formed.
Elected BICOL Officers includes includes : Allen Reodaga of Naga City, president; Jojo Cortes of Masbate City, executive vice president; Kathleen Baroma of the DILG is Secretary; Frank Penones of Iriga City, treasurer; Ely Dolot of LGU Legazpi, auditor; Paul Guysayko of Juban, Sorsogon and Ralph Carranza of Magallanes, Sorsogon, business managers.
Six Vice Presidents were also elected representing their respective provinces: Noel Ordona of LGU Pioduran for Albay, Antonio Teope of LGU Mercedes for Camarines Norte, Daniel Abalayan of LGU Calabanga for Camarines Sur, Gilbert Yuga of Caramoan for Catanduanes, Nelson Padera of LGU Cataingan for Masbate and Annie Peter from LGU Pilar for Sorsogon.
The elected officers were inducted by DILG regional director Blandino Maceda. They will once again convene to draft the constitution and by-laws of the organization to govern their purpose and future actions and to provide the cornerstone to further strengthen their organization. (MAL/LSMacatangay, PIA-Camarines Sur)