ILOILO CITY— Eleven researchers from member institutions of WVHRDC participated in the three-day Training on Communicating Health Research Results to Stakeholders held December 6-8, 2017 at DOST VI Training Room. The training aimed to capacitate the researchers in communicating the findings of their research to the stakeholders.
Day 1 of the training focused on communication planning and presentation skills, which covered topics such as audience, content, structure, style, visuals, and questions. Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer from the University of the Philippines Visayas, gave the lecture and facilitated the workshop.
Day 2 of the training began with a recapitulation of the previous day’s activities. This was followed by a lecture on Talking Science with the Media followed by a writeshop on media releases. In the afternoon, three (3) local media practitioners gave lectures on what they do, and what and how they select topics to feature --- Mr. Jonathan Gellangarin of GMA Network for TV broadcast, Mr. Ian Gajete of Bombo Radyo Iloilo for radio broadcast, and Mr. Daryl Lasafin of Panay News for print media. Each of the 11 trainees had a one-on-one simulated interview with each media practitioner. The feedback provided by the media practitioners was found useful by the trainees in improving their skills in sharing their research findings to different media audiences.
On the third and last day of the training, Mr. Nestor P. Burgos Jr. of Inquirer Visayas gave a lecture on News Writing and Print Journalist. Thereafter, each trainee wrote and delivered a three-minute speech based on research results using the techniques learned from the training. A Certificate of Training Completion was given to each trainee.
The training director and main resource person was Dr. Alice Joan G. Ferrer, executive director and chairperson of the Human Resource Development Committee (HRDC) of WVHRDC. The preceptors of the training were members of the HRDC including Prof. Ma Socorro Leong-on of University of San Agustin for Day 1; Prof. Leah Araneta of University of the Philippines Visayas and Mr. Louie Hijalda of University of San Agustin for Day 2; and Dr. Ma. Delsa Gange of University of San Agustin for Day 3.
Written by: Gladys Mae C. Jimenez