By Genalyn Kabiling
The government is eyeing the establishment of a training academy for its information and communication officials in Bukidnon next year.
According to Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, the Department of Budget and Management has approved in principle the concept and budget of the proposed Government Strategic Communication Training Academy.
The proposed school, that seeks to enhance the communication skills of public information officers as well as harmonize the communication style and public relations of various national and local government agencies, however must still get the consent of Congress.
“It will be up for deliberation in Congress and the Senate. So by next year, hopefully, we’ll start constructing the academy in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon — the Baguio of Mindanao,” Andanar said.
The envisioned “high-tech” school includes classrooms, an auditorium, a newsroom, and community radio and television facilities.
“This beautiful training facility will also have a dormitory right beside it. The facility will have its own community TV, community radio, it will have its own PNA (Philippine News Agency), own PIA (Philippine Information Agency), and social media news desk,” Andanar said.
“When a trainee goes there, it’s like a real-world practice that has digital TV and digital radio. It’s high-tech,” he added.
Apart from the proposed training school, Andanar has two other projects to enhance the government’s information and communication system.
He said the construction of the Mindanao Media Hub, located in Davao City, is more than 90 percent finished. The facility will serve as the government’s broadcast hub in the south and will house several state media agencies.
Once the Mindanao Media Hub is completed, Andanar said they plan to establish the Visayas Media Hub. “Next year, we will have to fight tooth and nail for the budget of the Visayas Media Hub so most likely, it will happen in 2021,” he said.