“TO INSTILL the role of responsible journalism towards community development and to assist the schools especially in far flung areas to activate their Campus Journalism and to establish their own school publications.”
These are the objectives of “Tinta kag Tinaga”: A Crash Course in Journalism for New Writers, a community project of the Rotaract Club of Metro Iloilo which bagged second place during the Edison Ong National (EON) Rotaract Awards 2019 at the De La Salle University in Taft Avenue, Manila last March 13.
Out of 22 projects from eight Rotaract Districts in the country, RAC Metro Iloilo was the lone club from Iloilo which was included in the initial selection. Luckily, the club’s flagship project under the Professional Development Service was shortlisted and included in the Top 4 of the National Finals.
The group went to Manila to defend their project for possible funding and fortunately, the were adjudged second place and received P15, 000 for the realization of their journalism training program.
The project which exists for five years already is a long term and sustainable program that introduces basic journalism to primary pupils and secondary students; and improves the writing skills of both amateur and experienced student writers.
Tinta kag Tinaga was realized because majority of the members are practicing journalists, finished degrees in line with Journalism, Communication, Media, Education and Information Technology. Members who are the lecturers themselves had attended prestigious journalism trainings and workshops and had received various awards in journalism.
“We understand how ambitious these aims are, but with the guidance and assistance coming from our mother club and by our own learning, expertise and exposures in the field of media, and our own drive to see changes starting from the small scale, we are positive that this project’s goal will prosper and will keep the young minds untainted by the uncertainty of the mainstream,” shared RAC Metro Iloilo President Rose YannaMallo.
A total of 45 schools in Panay with 5,000 pupils and students were given free lectures and workshops and were given awards. Some institutions hosted the said project and invited only other schools while others requested for exclusive school-based trainings.
Below is the list of schools and number of beneficiaries from July 2014 to October 2018:
- Barroc NHS and ES in Tigbauan, Iloilo- 560 pupils and students
- Kirayan NHS and ES in Miagao, Iloilo- 600 pupils and students
- Igbaras NHS and two sister schools 190 students
- Daragan ES together with the 12 other ES and NHS in Buenavista, Guimaras- 1,500 participants
- Nueva Valencia East (Guimaras) with 16 schools – 250 participants
- Miagao NHS/SLMSM – 180 particpants
- Tubungan NHS/Pototan NHS/New Lucena NHS/Binaliuan NHS – 500 participants
- Navalas ES/Getulio ES/Salvacion ES/Mabini ES/Taminla ES – 200 participants
- INSET of elementary teachers from Buenavista, Guimaras – 50 participants
With the funding, the club hopes to produce a learning module in Journalism that is flexible for different learners, formulate school hubs and partnership with school publication staff through mentoring, and apply for recommendations or accreditation from Department of Education (DepEd).
The project also made impact to the lives of their student beneficiaries. For Barroc NHS alumnae, Regine Torremoro, she said that Tinta helped her to live her passion and to share it to others.
“Tinta kag Tinaga introduced me to various types of writing: the truth in news, the beauty of feature and the power of editorial. TKT fueled my inner journalistic side. I learned a lot in high school but college is the best avenue to further mold my skills taught by TKT,” said Torremoro who is a two-time Regional Schools Press Conference qualifier and now studying Communication and Media Studies at UP Visayas.
Aside from journalism training, the project also assisted far-flung schools to have their own school publication. One example was the creation of Batingaw, the first ever school paper of Navalas Elementary School in Buenavista Guimaras.
The Rotaract Club of Metro Iloilo is a newbie organization aiming to alleviate lives of other people through a series of community outreach and development programs. This organization is also an instrument to serve not only to the benefit of the Ilonggo community but also the neighboring provinces.
Chartered on February 23, 2015, RAC Metro Iloilo is a community-based club sponsored by the Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo under District 3850.