DAVAO DEL NORTE, November 6 (PIA) - - Around 30 private media practitioners from the provinces of Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley participated in the Environment Reporting Forum held recently at the Big 8 Corporate Hotel, Tagum City.
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) conducted a Forum on Climate Change with the media practitioners as part of the Press Freedom Month celebration in October.
Efren Elbanbuena, PIA regional director, stressed that media practitioners in the provinces especially those disaster-prone areas to get used to environment reporting.
“The media should be prepared also not only in saving their lives and property but also on reporting the actual scenes of the disaster because through them everyone will be informed,” Dir. Elbanbuena said.
Henrylito Tacio, general secretary of the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalist, emphasized that the media should not only rely on the reports from the local officials during disasters rather sought the opinions from the expert.
“These experts like those from the PAGASA are more than willing to give you explanations on the disaster at hand,” Tacio said.
Dir. Elbanbuena disclosed that together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the PIA will conduct extensive drive on climate change in the schools and communities of the region. (PIA 11, Michael Uy)