By URIEL C. QUILINGUING
For the second time in four years, Ozamiz City Schools Division won the overall championship in the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) under the auspices of the Department of Education regional office 10.
“This time we won the title alone since in 2013 we shared the honor with Camiguin,” division journalism coordinator Federico B. Araniego Jr. said yesterday upon receipt of official RSPC results.
Araniego said the division got the most points among 14 schools divisions in Northern Mindanao because their campus journalists won in all individual and group contest events, both in elementary and secondary levels.
This year’s RSPC which was held last November 8 to 10 in Malaybalay City’s Bukidnon State University and Bukidnon National High School campuses was participated in by more than 3,000 campus journalists.
Araniego said 34 elementary and secondary students, aside from coaches, from Ozamiz have earned slots to the National Schools Press Conference in Pagadian City which is set on January 22-25 next year.
Included in the 34 are 21 members of three radio broadcasting champion teams while the rest are in individual contest events that include editorial, feature, science, news, sports writings as well as copy-reading and headline writing, and photojournalism.
Ten school publications from Ozamiz schools division also made it to the top 10 during the RSPC, thus qualifying for NSPC evaluation.
Meanwhile, DepEd 10 regional journalism coordinator Angelina B.Buaron said the first runner-up overall is Bukidnon with 19 NSPC qualifiers, followed by Iligan with 11, Cagayan de Oro with 32 (including members of four group contest events), and Camiguin with 12.
Other schools divisions and their respective NSPC qualifiers are: El Salvador, 10; Misamis Oriental, 9, Tangub, 8; Valencia, 8; Misamis Occidental, 6, Malaybalay, 6, Oroquieta, 4, Lanao del Norte, 3; and Gingoog, 1.
Buaron said of the seven declared RSPC winners in individual contest events, only the top three will proceed to compete in the NSPC while only the champion teams in collaborative publishing, radio broadcasting and television newscasting will represent the region at the national level.
Annual campus journalism contests are conducted by the Department of Education at the division, regional and national levels pursuant to Republic Act No. 7079, the Campus Journalism Act of 1991.
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