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Comm workshop held for environment advocates

08 Aug 2018, 18:39 GMT+10

CEBU CITY, August 3 (PIA)- The local government and business community of the Municipality of Santa Fe initiated the first leg of its Communications Workshop to students and volunteers of the War on Waste (WOW) Advocacy.

Inspired by the clean up drive earlier that day, more than 30 members of the academe, church and business sector, attended the two-topic Communication's Workshop conducted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

Participants of the communications workshop take a breather for a photo opportunity after the gruelling two day writeshops conducted by the PIA. (foto from SAFETEA FB)

The topics include News Writing and Media Relations.

Using the stories and input they gather from the conduct of the 2ndWOW, they were able to make "storified"posts in their social media accounts.

The Communication's Workshop, according to Nelson Yuvallos, president of Santa Fe Tourism Enterprises Association (SAFETEA) will enable the participants to easily share the advocacy of protecting the environment.

"We need to tell the world that we are doing something to ensure that we are taking care of our beaches which makes visitors foreigners and locales come visit us all the more," Yuvallos said.

Santa Fe Mayor Jose Esgana for his part told the participants that the local government is making sure that Santa Fe will not become a Boracy-like issue.

"When you share these stories it will also tell the visitors that we are disciplined people when it comes to garbage," Esgana said.

Maria Nova Silvano of Santa Fe National High School said shelearned a lot in the 2-day writing workshop.

"One of them is writing a good lead, which, in my part is something I'm really confused of," Silvano said.

Back then as a school it was a struggle finding a good lead.

Maranatha Ilustrisimo, SAFETEA Board Secretary said, there will be more Communication Workshops to be made for the participants and those who will be chosen to join.

"We are also looking at a network of informers and communicators who will cover environmental advocacy, tourism and even reporting of any news and features from their end," Ilustrisimo said.

For now SAFETEA has a Facebook Page.Ilustrisimo said, they are bent on establishing a Community Paper soon.

Santa Fe is a municipality of Bantayan island known for its white sandy beaches. Its tourism arrival doubled and has no off peak season since Boracay in Aklan was closed for rehabilitation. (fcc/PIA7-Cebu)

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