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DOLE-NCR holds news feature writing workshop
BACK ROW (L-R): Ferdinand Abalos (MALSU), Angelica Fresnoza (CFO), Dale Angeline Villafuerte (QCFO), Jerry Khris Prado (PFO), Eilaine Lumagbas (QCFO), Amicel Maguidad (MFO), Edelyn Galos (PFO), Derrick Ian Tutay (CFO), Mary Jane Gawat (MFO), Jackilyn Borja (TSSD-LRLS), Carmelita Jimena (TSSD-EPWW), James Oliver Punay (TSSD-LRLS), Kevin Abian (MTPLFO); FRONT ROW (L-R): Prof. Melba Estonilo (UP-CMC), Elias Roque (IMSD-HR), Luella Abian (IMSD-HR), Hershey Aquino (IMSD-ICT)
MALATE, Manila—Information officers of the DOLE-National Capital Region joined the 'News Feature Writing Workshop' on September 28 and October 12, at the DOLE-NCR Regional Office. 
The activity aims to provide the participants with the tools to write news features that effectively convey news and information to the public that the DOLE serves.
“I hope you take this day as an opportunity to learn and be encouraged to do better in your area of work,” said DOLE-NCR Director Ana C. Dione.
Despite many negative reports to the government, Dione said to stay truthful in reporting information to the public while keeping it simple and effective.
“Kahit paano in our own area, mayroon tayong nagagawa; ang hirap lang to lift our own chair. But we have to portray the information truthfully to share what is really being done in the government. We do not fabricate or shake our accomplishments or the things we do na hindi totoo,” she said.
Guest resource speaker Professor Melba S. Estonilo of the University of the Philippines - College of Mass Communication (UP-CMC) discussed the basic categories of news: hard and soft. “Hard news” is a straightforward reporting of an event that requires immediacy. “Soft news” contain elements of hard news but emphasizing on human interest. Features are often written on soft news events.
“Hard news is somehow serious. Unahan lagi,” said Estonilo. “A news feature is not time dependent pero meron kayong news peg. Kung ito yung balita [hard news], gagawan n’yo s’ya ng mas casual and conversational na write-up. You humanize the story by focusing on the experience of the ones affected,” she added.
The workshop also covered the news feature structure, grammar refresher, tips in gathering information (e.g. research and interview techniques), and basic principles of journalism. Estonilo tasked the participants on some writing assignments which were critiqued on Day 2.
Estonilo imparted a valuable insight throughout the duration of the workshop. She said, “Bumabangon tayo para magsulat sa ating mahal na audience. You have to find meaning in your work.”
Asked about the realizations of the participants after the workshop, majority gained a better perspective in their current roles and were grateful for the training opportunity with a seasoned communications professional.
Angelica Fresnoza of DOLE Caloocan field office said that she appreciated more her job and realize the value of her work. “Over time, writing became about the quota but today, I remember why I love writing so much,” Fresnoza said.
“Yung atake sa pagturo ng technicalities ay madali po naming naintindihan,” said Edelyn Galos of DOLE Pasig field office.

“I'm sure the workshop will impact our writings and will help us promote better the programs of our Department. But the learning continues; we must always have the openness to learn and write better,” said Eilaine Lumagbas of DOLE Quezon City field office. END / Hershey Aquino
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