DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – Journalists from all over Mindanao will attend a 3-day training here on environment reporting organized by the Mindanao Media Forum.
Scheduled on March 10-12, the training aims to increase the capacity of journalists to produce quality reports on climate change and other environment issues, and create opportunities for them to build networks with scientists, technology experts, consumers and other media organizations.
The training is in response to the recommendation during the 7th Mindanao Media Summit in December last year for an environment training for journalists.
Media people who attended the summit saw the need for such training given the disasters that have affected Mindanao.
It may be recalled that hundreds died and thousands were rendered homeless when floods brought by storm Sendong hit Northern Mindanao in December last year.
A few weeks after Sendong, a landslide occurred in a mining site in Sitio Napnapan, Pantukan town in Compostela Valley killing and injuring a number of people.
The Mindanao Media Forum said it would like to build on the gains of the past media conferences by providing the trainings identified by journalists and by giving them opportunities to be mentored by senior journalists through actual practice.
The training will allot two days for inputs by environment experts and environmental journalists.
The training is supported by the US Embassy, city government of Davao, Globe Telecom, San Miguel Foods Corporation, San Miguel Brewery, Cebu Pacific, Coca Cola, SM and Davao City Water District.
Holcim, Hedcor, and Carabao Dive and Davao Reef Divers will assist the participants during the field exposure part of the training. (Joan Mae Soco-Bantayan/MindaNews)