SANTA CRUZ, Laguna- Laguna University (LU) forged on Wednesday its academic partnership with the Presidential Communications Office (PCO)-News and Information Bureau (NIB) - Philippine News Agency (PNA) on-the- job training (OJT) program during simple rites at the Provincial Capitol Conference Hall here.
Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez, as university interim president and chair of the Board of Regents signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) documents earlier with Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary for Operations and Special Concerns Ana Maria Paz R. Banaag and NIB Director Virginia R. Arcilla-Agtay.
The MOU signing was one of the highlights marking the university's 11th Founding Anniversary celebrations from Feb. 15 to 16 with this year's theme "11 Years of Boundless Service" as a state-run university.
University signatories to the academic partnership were Dr. Colegio S. Gascon, vice president for academic affairs; Prof. Monette O. Bato, VP for planning, research and extension; lawyer Antonio P. Relova, VP for administration and finance; Prof. Numeriano B. Aguado, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Technology; Dr. Marie Joy Q. Elomina, research director and OJT coordinator and Dr. Olga J. Domingo, BAC program chair.
PNA acting executive news editor Luis A. Morente also signed the university's partnership undertaking for the off-campus journalists' training program with Saul E. Pa-a, PNA Calabarzon Bureau chief and Teotilde Gazmin Mendoza, NIB OJT program coordinator.
Dr. Gascon welcomed the collaborative undertaking as "another chapter in the history of the university as the partnership would boost professionally-developed students as part of their vision of producing holistically developed students in the Asia-Pacific region."
"This truly transparent partnership program will develop more the academic preparation of our students and hope this partnership will boost their professional know-how and skills as we nurture them," Dr. Gascon said.
The vice president for academic affairs also disclosed adjusting the required training hours similar to their other curricular programs from 400 or 600 to 1,000 training hours that could span to a semester.
He said the OJT program could provide better collaboration to enhance the total training package for the interns and trainees and equip and prepare them fully as they join the corps of professionals and the work force.
Prof. Edna F. Valenzuela, head of the university corporate planning, OJT and placement office, remarked that it's been 11 years since the LU opened its door to the poor but deserving Lagunense youths and students.
Valenzuela said the university has always been ensuring the youths will get high quality of education they rightfully deserve including activities that hone their skills and talents.
She thanked the NIB-PNA OJT for its support to the university's mission and commitment to produce academically prepared and technical skilled individuals and the venue to capacitate students in their academic preparations.
"Under this program, our students can put the theories they have learned inside classrooms into practice," Prof. Valenzuela said.
The university OJT and placement chief expects more years of collaboration with the NIB-PNA program and thanked the government's news and information bureau for collaborating with LU.
LU is the first state university in the province and the second after Cavite State University (CavSU) in the Calabarzon Region to join the NIB-PNA OJT program and has initially endorsed six of its communication arts students to undertake the semestral training program.
Under the OJT program, students undergo orientation, briefings, practical training, mentoring, coaching sessions in journalism and mass communications under the tutelage of the NIB-PNA media professionals and corps of editors at the PNA headquarters in Manila with the support of the PNA Calabarzon news bureau based in Calamba City.
The NIB-PNA OJT program covers hands-on supervision and real professional work experience on news and feature writing, editing and critique sessions by the PNA senior editors, visibility and maximum exposure to the fast-paced working environment as "real journalists" in collaboration with the government's mass media Radio-TV MalacaAang, (RTVM), Radyo ng Bayan and the People's Television (PTV) 4 network.
The training program also includes opportunities for information tours, contacts with government linkages and networks, professional working relations with the government and the private media, actual coverage assignment and interfacing with the news sources and news makers. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency