MEDIA TRAINING. Members of the Philippine National Police based in the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc attended a media workshop aim to hone their skills on media writing.(PHOTO COURTESY)

TACLOBAN CITY – A selected group of police officers across the region have undergone a series of journalism and social media training sessions aimed at improving their working relationship with private media practitioners and equipping them with skills for effective information dissemination, particularly through the internet.

The Police Regional Office-Eastern Visayas (PRO-8) director, Brigadier General Reynaldo Pawid, initiated the activity through the Regional Public Information Office (RPIO) chief Major Analiza Armeza. The training included workshops for line-unit information officers and social media handlers on topics such as media relations, crisis communication, basic news writing skills, photography, and social media management.

The media training for Ormoc City and Tacloban City police officers took place at the DILG building in Ormoc on June 18, 2024. For Southern Leyte towns and Maasin City, it was held on June 20 at the old DPWH Building in Maasin.

Additional workshops are scheduled for Biliran and Samar Island provinces this coming July.

The resource speakers included Philippine Information Agency-Eastern Visayas director Reyan Arinto; Ulderico Alviola, head of the Department of Development Communication and University Integrated Media Center at the Visayas State University in Baybay City; freelance journalist Ronald Reyes; and Southern Leyte provincial information officer Lyna Gayas.